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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for the United States. Please scroll down to choose your state or view the national list.

What are public holidays?

Public holidays are special opportunities to relax. They’re gifts Americans get every couple of months – a day or two off work without having to burn any annual leave.

What makes these public holidays even better is how they can be mixed with a weekend – and even a day or two of precious annual leave – to create a heavenly long weekend! These long weekends are really where the magic happens.

A three-day or four-day weekend is all the time you need for a memorable adventure. It’s enough time to grab a hire car and road-trip it, or fly anywhere in the country. It’s all the time you need to book a campsite or cabin by the beach and 100% chill with friends.

That’s why we exist: to help you start planning to make the most of your public holidays this year and next year. We’re your trusted resource for holiday dates, and our travel guide is inspiration for just some of the local places you can make your destination.

The meaning behind public holidays

Public holidays serve another purpose, too. They remind us of our shared and evolving identity. Christmas, Veterans Day, Independence Day and Labor Day may not mean that much to you, but they are milestones that – every 365 days – recall the people who came before us and built the nation we call home.

The meaning of public holidays is not set in stone. Each of us gives our official public holidays meaning as we invest time in thinking about them and debating them, celebrating, commemorating or ignoring them.

Here’s the cool thing: Some of the most valuable days for our society to remember are not even official public holidays. World Refugee Day, International Women’s Day and World Teachers’ Day are not days-off, but they are days we should each make the most of to help tell others about important issues at home and abroad.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to make the most of your public holidays!

Note: information about laws and regulations related to public holidays is viewable below the 2017 national list.

Choose your state

Either choose your state below, or scroll down to view a full national list of public holidays.

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Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanSunNew Year's DayNational
2 JanMonNew Year's Day HolidayNational
3 JanTueNew Year's Day HolidayTN
13 JanFriLee-Jackson DayVA
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. BirthdayNational
16 JanMonRobert E. Lee BirthdayAL AR
16 JanMonCivil Rights DayAZ NH
19 JanThuConfederate Heroes DayTX
20 JanFriInauguration DayDC
4 FebSatRosa Parks DayCA
12 FebSunLincoln's BirthdayCT IL MO NY
13 FebMonLincoln's Birthday HolidayCT IL MO NY
20 FebMonPresident's DayAL AK AZ AR CA CO CT
HI ID IL MA MD ME MI
MN MS MO MT ND NE
NH NV NJ NY OH OK OR
PA SC SD TN TX UT VT
VA WA WV WY DC
20 FebMonDaisy Gatson Bates DayAR
28 FebTueMardi Gras DayAL*(Baldwin & Mobile
Counties Only) LA
2 MarThuTexas Independence DayTX
7 MarTueTown Meeting DayVT
26 MarSunPrince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayHI
27 MarMonPrince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day
Holiday
HI
27 MarMonSeward's DayAK
31 MarFriCésar Chávez DayCA TX
14 AprFriGood FridayCT DE HI IN KY* (1/2 day)
LA NC ND NJ TN TX
16 AprSunDC Emancipation DayDC
17 AprMonDC Emancipation Day HolidayDC
17 AprMonPatriots' DayME MA
21 AprFriSan Jacinto DayTX
24 AprMonConfederate Memorial DayAL GA MS
28 AprFriArbor DayNE
8 MayMonTruman DayMO
10 MayWedConfederate Memorial DaySC
29 MayMonMemorial DayNational
5 JunMonJefferson Davis DayAL
11 JunSunKing Kamehameha DayHI
12 JunMonKing Kamehameha Day HolidayHI
19 JunMonEmancipation Day / JuneteenthTX
20 JunTueWest Virginia DayWV
3 JulMonIndependence Day HolidayVA
4 JulTueIndependence DayNational
24 JulMonPioneer DayUT
14 AugMonVictory DayRI
16 AugWedBennington Battle DayVT
18 AugFriStatehood DayHI
27 AugSunLyndon B. Johnson DayTX
4 SepMonLabor DayNational
9 OctMonColumbus DayAL AZ CO CT GA ID IL
IN MA MD ME MO MT
NE NJ NM NY OH PA
RI UT VA WV DC
9 OctMonNative American DaySD
18 OctWedAlaska DayAK
27 OctFriNevada DayNV
10 NovFriVeterans' Day HolidayNational
(Except MA and RI)
11 NovSatVeterans' DayNational
13 NovMonVeterans' Day HolidayRI
22 NovWedThanksgiving HolidayVA* (half day only)
23 NovThuThanksgiving DayNational
24 NovFriThanksgiving FridayCA DE FL IA IL KS KY
ME MI MN MS NC NE
NH OK PA SC TN TX VA
WA WV
24 NovFriGeorgia State HolidayGA
24 NovFriLincoln's Birthday HolidayIN
24 NovFriAmerican Indian Heritage DayMD
24 NovFriPresident's Day HolidayNM
24 NovFriFamily DayNV
1 DecFriRosa Parks DayOH
22 DecFriChristmas Eve HolidayMI SC VA* (half day only)
24 DecSunChristmas EveAR MI NC SC TX WI
25 DecMonChristmas DayNational
26 DecTueChristmas HolidayAR NC OK SC TN TX
26 DecTueWashington's Birthday HolidayGA IN
27 DecWedChristmas HolidayNC TN
29 DecFriNew Year's HolidayMI
31 DecSunNew Year's EveMI WI

Laws and regulations

Federal holidays in the United States are public holidays that have been recognized by the federal government, and are applicable to federal employees. State holidays are public holidays recognized by states – and often (though not always) include the same holidays recognized at the federal level.

With the exception of Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, all federal holidays are observed on a Monday. This is in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which is intended to move holidays to a Monday whenever possible in order to allow federal employees to have a three-day weekend.

States and Public Holidays

States are not required to observe federal holidays. Not only are states allowed to opt out of observation of these holidays, but states are also given the opportunity to declare state holidays if they so choose.

Although there are no federally-mandated holidays currently observed in the United States, most states choose to observe federal holidays. Some states observe versions of holidays that are related to the federally recognized holidays without being identical.

Employers and Public Holidays

Private employers are not obligated to allow employees to have time off of work for federal holidays. It is at the discretion of the employer, and many employers choose to offer paid federal holidays as an additional benefit of employment for eligible employees. Employers that do choose to allow employees to take time off for a holiday are not under any obligation to provide compensation for the holiday.