The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer.
Like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this day has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually across the nation and in Washington, D. Every year, local, state, and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation.
It is estimated that over two million people attended more than 30,000 observances – organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers.
At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer.
The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans.
This table summarises the chronology of the main tables and serves as a guide to the historical periods mentioned.