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Calendar and Time Designations

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Aug 9, 2011 5:30:00 AM

CalendarIn the United States, one of our major holidays is Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July. In neighboring Canada, as anywhere else outside America, the same day is noted simply the fourth of July, of course. (Yes, they have a fourth of July in Canada.) What about capitalizing (or capitalising) other calendar and time designations? Here is a list we hope you find useful.


  • summer; fall; winter; spring
  • the winter solstice
  • the vernal equinox

Holidays and Special Days:

  • All Fool's Day (celebrated by few if any GT readers)
  • Christmas Day
  • Father's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • National Poetry Month
  • Presidents' Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Anzac Day (Australia/New Zealand)
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • Yom Kippur
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday (Australia/New Zealand)
  • Saint Patrick's Day


  • D-day
  • election day
  • inauguration day

Time and Time Zones:

  • eastern standard time; EST
  • central daylight time; CDT
  • Pacific daylight time; PDT
  • Alaskan daylight time; ADT
  • Greenwich mean time; GMT
  • daylight saving time
  • New Zealand standard time; NZST

Topics: capitalization

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