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Public Service Recognition Week

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) has been set aside for the full first week of May for over 30 years to honor those who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. OFM State Human Resources coordinates the Washington state annual celebration and employee awards, to ensure state employees are recognized and honored for their great work and service to the public.

In 2024, PSRW will be held May 5–11. There will be in-person outdoor events planned in Olympia, Spokane and the Tri-Cities this year. 

Download a flyer with event and sponsor information [PDF].

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People gather at picnic tables outdoors in Kennewick at a past PSRW event

Olympia celebration: May 8, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on the East Lawn of the Capitol Campus. Pick up a hot dog, visit vendor booths, chat with fellow state employees and enjoy the DJ and live band. There will be over 54 vendors at the event, including all of the statewide business groups and a sensory tent. ASL interpreters will be available at the information tent and for the program of events.

Print out a parking pass to park free in the Plaza Garage.

Schedule, map and list of vendors

Spokane celebration: May 9, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. - outdoor event at National Guard Readiness Center, Bldg. G, in partnership with Fairchild Airforce Base and the Military Department.

Tri-Cities celebration: May 9, 5:30–7:30 p.m. - at the Southridge Sports Complex in Kennewick, in partnership with federal agencies and the City of Richland. 

Washington State Employees Night - text over images of fans high-fiving at a Mariners game

Join us at the ballpark for a celebration of Washington State Employees Night 2024 Saturday, May 11, at 6:40 p.m. The Seattle Mariners are proud to recognize the work you do to make our communities stronger across the Pacific Northwest. Take advantage of specially priced tickets and bring your co-workers, friends and family to watch the Seattle Mariners take on the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park.

Public Service Recognition Awards - Celebrating Excellence in Public Service

Each year we recognize state employees who consistently excel beyond expectations, with the Excellence in Washington State Government Leadership Award and the Extra Mile Award. 

Read about the 2024 recipients of these awards.