The Marine Corps birthday ball takes place on Nov. 10 each year, according to Military.com. It commemorates the anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov. 10, 1775.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii describes the Marine Corps birthday ball as a formal event. It advises Marines to wear their dress blues and to make sure their uniforms are properly pressed. Guests at a Marine Corps birthday ball also are expected to dress for the formal occasion, according to Gunnery Sgt. Tanya Fitch, administration chief, Headquarters Battalion. Male guests should wear a tuxedo or a suit with a tie, and female guests should wear a conservative gown hemmed below the knee.