May 3-9, 2020

36 years of honoring public servants and connecting citizens with their government


Yes – PSRW is on! We will still be virtually celebrating our nation’s public servants on the scheduled dates.
It is our belief that now, more than ever, we need to recognize the amazing work of our nation’s government employees.

Public Service Recognition Week is celebrated the first week of May since 1985 (beginning on the first Sunday of the month) to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.

2019 White House Proclamation
2019 Congressional Resolutions
Read Senate resolution Read House resolution
2019 Honorary Co-chair Letter


Listed below are events held in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Public Service Recognition Week. You may also submit an event for consideration into the calendar.

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Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals Finalists Announcement

Help celebrate and share the important achievements of our nation’s outstanding federal workforce. #Sammies2019

Meet our 2019 honorees

Washington Nationals Federal Workforce Day*

Each year, the Nationals offer discounted tickets for government employees and make an on-field tribute to public servants.

*This event is now tentative. We will keep you updated.

See additional events nationwide here


Throughout the country, mayors, governors, agency leaders, communities and public service organizations show appreciation to government employees by issuing proclamations, hosting award ceremonies, sharing stories of excellence in public service and more.

How to Celebrate PSRW

There are many simple, low-cost ways to celebrate public servants in your community during Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW). Ideas range from sending letters to public employees to organizing a celebration showcasing the work of government agencies in your local area. Our guide provides a full list of suggestions and actions you can take during the week.

Celebration Toolkit PSRW Logo 2020 PSRW Banner

Audience Guides

Our tailored guides for federal agencies, Capitol Hill, local chapters and teachers provide specific recommendations for what you can do to celebrate federal workers during #PSRW.

Federal Agencies Capitol Hill Local Chapters Teachers

Share a #PSRW photo on social media

Use one of our white board templates to write why you serve or support public serviants. Take a picture and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

I Serve Because… I Appreciate Public Servants Because…


Public Service Recognition Week is hosted annually by the Public Employees Roundtable and its member organizations.