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.
Public Holidays 2017
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day||National|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year's Day Holiday||National|
|3 Jan||Tue||New Year's Day Holiday||TN|
|13 Jan||Fri||Lee-Jackson Day||VA|
|16 Jan||Mon||Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday||National|
|16 Jan||Mon||Robert E. Lee Birthday||AL AR|
|16 Jan||Mon||Civil Rights Day||AZ NH|
|19 Jan||Thu||Confederate Heroes Day||TX|
|20 Jan||Fri||Inauguration Day||DC|
|4 Feb||Sat||Rosa Parks Day||CA|
|12 Feb||Sun||Lincoln's Birthday||CT IL MO NY|
|13 Feb||Mon||Lincoln's Birthday Holiday||CT IL MO NY|
|20 Feb||Mon||President's Day||AL 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 Feb||Mon||Daisy Gatson Bates Day||AR|
|28 Feb||Tue||Mardi Gras Day||AL*(Baldwin & Mobile
Counties Only) LA
|2 Mar||Thu||Texas Independence Day||TX|
|7 Mar||Tue||Town Meeting Day||VT|
|26 Mar||Sun||Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day||HI|
|27 Mar||Mon||Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day|
|27 Mar||Mon||Seward's Day||AK|
|31 Mar||Fri||César Chávez Day||CA TX|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday||CT DE HI IN KY* (1/2 day)
LA NC ND NJ TN TX
|16 Apr||Sun||DC Emancipation Day||DC|
|17 Apr||Mon||DC Emancipation Day Holiday||DC|
|17 Apr||Mon||Patriots' Day||ME MA|
|21 Apr||Fri||San Jacinto Day||TX|
|24 Apr||Mon||Confederate Memorial Day||AL GA MS|
|28 Apr||Fri||Arbor Day||NE|
|8 May||Mon||Truman Day||MO|
|10 May||Wed||Confederate Memorial Day||SC|
|29 May||Mon||Memorial Day||National|
|5 Jun||Mon||Jefferson Davis Day||AL|
|11 Jun||Sun||King Kamehameha Day||HI|
|12 Jun||Mon||King Kamehameha Day Holiday||HI|
|19 Jun||Mon||Emancipation Day / Juneteenth||TX|
|20 Jun||Tue||West Virginia Day||WV|
|3 Jul||Mon||Independence Day Holiday||VA|
|4 Jul||Tue||Independence Day||National|
|24 Jul||Mon||Pioneer Day||UT|
|14 Aug||Mon||Victory Day||RI|
|16 Aug||Wed||Bennington Battle Day||VT|
|18 Aug||Fri||Statehood Day||HI|
|27 Aug||Sun||Lyndon B. Johnson Day||TX|
|4 Sep||Mon||Labor Day||National|
|9 Oct||Mon||Columbus Day||AL AZ CO CT GA ID IL
IN MA MD ME MO MT
NE NJ NM NY OH PA
RI UT VA WV DC
|9 Oct||Mon||Native American Day||SD|
|18 Oct||Wed||Alaska Day||AK|
|27 Oct||Fri||Nevada Day||NV|
|10 Nov||Fri||Veterans' Day Holiday||National
(Except MA and RI)
|11 Nov||Sat||Veterans' Day||National|
|13 Nov||Mon||Veterans' Day Holiday||RI|
|22 Nov||Wed||Thanksgiving Holiday||VA* (half day only)|
|23 Nov||Thu||Thanksgiving Day||National|
|24 Nov||Fri||Thanksgiving Friday||CA DE FL IA IL KS KY
ME MI MN MS NC NE
NH OK PA SC TN TX VA
|24 Nov||Fri||Georgia State Holiday||GA|
|24 Nov||Fri||Lincoln's Birthday Holiday||IN|
|24 Nov||Fri||American Indian Heritage Day||MD|
|24 Nov||Fri||President's Day Holiday||NM|
|24 Nov||Fri||Family Day||NV|
|1 Dec||Fri||Rosa Parks Day||OH|
|22 Dec||Fri||Christmas Eve Holiday||MI SC VA* (half day only)|
|24 Dec||Sun||Christmas Eve||AR MI NC SC TX WI|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day||National|
|26 Dec||Tue||Christmas Holiday||AR NC OK SC TN TX|
|26 Dec||Tue||Washington's Birthday Holiday||GA IN|
|27 Dec||Wed||Christmas Holiday||NC TN|
|29 Dec||Fri||New Year's Holiday||MI|
|31 Dec||Sun||New Year's Eve||MI 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.
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