What Is Picard Day?

In the Star Trek universe, Captain Picard Day is one of the most beloved school activities for children aboard the USS Enterprise-D. They look forward to it all year!

This day celebrates Jean-Luc Picard being a brave and noble captain. To the children, he’s a role model. And even though they have an exaggerated impression of him and his role on the Enterprise, it’s all in good fun.

So how and why do they celebrate Picard Day? Let’s find out!


Jean-Luc Picard is one of the most revered Starfleet Captains for very good reason. He’s a man of high moral character, who insists upon justice and equality. He is cool-headed and clever, and a leader who supports every voice and every member of his crew. This is cause for celebration!

In the show, they celebrate Picard’s impact on Stardate 47457.1 (though there is some debate in the fan community.) Fans have done the math, and the rough equivalent of Stardate 47457.1 is June 16th. So, every June 16th, fans celebrate Captain Picard Day. And we are doing the same!

Just how do they celebrate? Well, we get a glimpse into the day in the episode “The Pegasus”.

The event is held aboard the USS Entertprise-D for the ship’s schoolchildren. The children have a contest where they attempt to faithfully portray Captain Picard’s likeness in paintings, drawings, models, and more. And Picard has to choose the winner of the contest himself! However, the captain fails to see the importance of the celebration. In fact, Picard thinks it’s a bit embarrassing, over which Riker eagerly teases him.

Ultimately, Picard Day is a day for inspiring the children aboard the Enterprise, providing them with a strong role model they can all learn from in their time traveling through space under his firm leadership.


It’s for the children. He’s a role model. What’s your favorite Captain Picard moment? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to Let Your Geek Sideshow!

Take part in the Picard Day celebration when you add Captain Picard collectibles to your Star Trek collection.