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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view.

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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Public Holidays 2016

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanFriNew Year's DayNational
15 JanFriLee-Jackson DayVA
18 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. BirthdayNational except
AL AZ AR MS NH
18 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday /
Robert E. Lee
AL AR MS
18 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday /
Civil Rights Day
AZ NH
19 JanTueConfederate Heroes DayTX
4 FebWedRosa Parks DayCA
12 FebFriLincoln's BirthdayCT IL MO NY
15 FebMonGeorge Washington/
Thomas Jefferson Birthday
AL
15 FebMonPresident's DayAK CA CO HI ID IL
MD ME MI MN ND
NE NH NJ NV OH
OK OR PA SC SD
TN TX VT WA WV WY
15 FebMonLincoln /
Washington / Presidents' Day
AZ MT UT
15 FebMonGeorge Washington Birthday /
Daisy Gatson Bates Day
AR
15 FebMonWashington's BirthdayCT MA MO MS NY
VA DC
2 MarWedTexas Independence DayTX
9 FebTueMardi Gras DayAL*(Baldwin & Mobile
Counties Only) LA
1 MarTueTown Meeting DayVT
25 MarFriGood FridayCT DE HI IN KY* (1/2 day)
LA NC ND NJ TN TX
26 MarSatPrince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayHI
28 MarMonSeward's DayAK
31 MarThuCésar Chávez DayCA
15 AprFriDC Emancipation Day
(Observed)
DC
16 AprSatDC Emancipation DayDC
18 AprMonPatriots' DayME MA
21 AprThuSan Jacinto DayTX
29 AprFriArbor DayNE
25 AprMonConfederate Memorial DayAL GA MS
3 MayTuePrimary Election DayIN
8 MaySunTruman DayMO
9 MayMonTruman Day
(Observed)
MO
10 MayTueConfederate Memorial DaySC
30 MayMonMemorial DayNational
6 JunMonJefferson Davis DayAL
10 JunFriKing Kamehameha Day
(Observed)
HI
11 JunSatKing Kamehameha DayHI
19 JunSunEmancipation Day / JuneteenthTX
20 JunMonWest Virginia DayWV
4 JulMonIndependence DayNational
24 JulSunPioneer DayUT
25 JulMonPioneer Day
(Observed)
UT
8 AugMonVictory DayRI
16 AugTueBennington Battle DayVT
19 AugFriStatehood DayHI
27 AugSatLyndon B. Johnson DayTX
5 SepMonLabor DayNational
23 SepFriNative American DayCA
10 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
10 OctMonNative American DaySD
18 OctTueAlaska DayAK
28 OctFriNevada DayNV
8 NovTueElection DayDE HI IL IN MD
MI MT NJ NY RI
10 NovThuReturn DayDE*
11 NovFriVeterans' DayNational
23 NovWed(Additional) Thanksgiving HolidayVA* (half day only)
24 NovThuThanksgiving DayNational
25 NovFriThanksgiving FridayCA DE FL IA IL KS
KY ME MI MN MS
NC NE NH OK PA
SC TN TX VA WA WV
25 NovFriObserved Holiday
(Robert E. Lee's Birthday)
GA
25 NovFriLincoln's Birthday
(Observed)
IN
25 NovFriAmerican Indian Heritage DayMD
25 NovFriPresident's Day
(Observed)
NM
25 NovFriFamily DayNV
1 DecThuRosa Parks DayOH
23 DecFriWashington's Day
(Observed)
IN
23 DecFriChristmas Eve
(Observed)
AR KY MI NC SC VA
24 DecSatChristmas EveAR MI NC SC TX WI
25 DecSunChristmas DayNational
26 DecMonChristmas Day
(Observed)
National
27 DecTueChristmas HolidayNC OK SC TN TX
27 DecTueWashington's Day
(Observed)
GA
30 DecFriNew Year's HolidayKY MI
31 DecSatNew Year's EveWI

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanSunNew Year's DayNational
2 JanMonNew Year's Day
(Observed)
National
13 JanFriLee-Jackson DayVA
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. BirthdayNational except
AL AZ AR MS NH
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday /
Robert E. Lee
AL AR MS
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday /
Civil Rights Day
AZ NH
19 JanThuConfederate Heroes DayTX
12 FebSunLincoln's BirthdayCT IL MO NY
13 FebMonLincoln's Birthday
(Observed)
CT IL MO NY
20 FebMonGeorge Washington/
Thomas Jefferson Birthday
AL
20 FebMonPresident's DayAK CA CO HI ID IL
MD ME MI MN ND
NE NH NJ NV OH
OK OR PA SC SD
TN TX VT WA WV WY
20 FebMonLincoln /
Washington / Presidents' Day
AZ MT UT
20 FebMonGeorge Washington Birthday /
Daisy Gatson Bates Day
AR
20 FebMonWashington's BirthdayCT MA MO MS NY
VA DC
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
(Observed)
HI
27 MarMonSeward's DayAK
31 MarFriCésar Chávez DayCA
14 AprFriGood FridayCT DE HI IN KY* (1/2 day)
LA NC ND NJ TN TX
16 AprSunDC Emancipation DayDC
17 AprMonDC Emancipation Day
(Observed)
DC
17 AprMonPatriots' DayME MA
21 AprFriSan Jacinto DayTX
28 AprFriArbor DayNE
24 AprMonConfederate Memorial DayAL GA MS
8 MayMonTruman DayMO
10 MayWedConfederate Memorial DaySC
29 MayMonMemorial DayNational
5 JunMonJefferson Davis DayAL
11 JunSunKing Kamehameha DayHI
12 JunMonKing Kamehameha Day
(Observed)
HI
19 JunMonEmancipation Day / JuneteenthTX
20 JunTueWest Virginia DayWV
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
11 NovSatVeterans' DayNational
22 NovWed(Additional) Thanksgiving 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 NovFriLincoln's Birthday
(Observed)
IN
24 NovFriAmerican Indian Heritage DayMD
24 NovFriPresident's Day
(Observed)
NM
24 NovFriFamily DayNV
24 DecSunChristmas EveAR MI NC SC TX WI
25 DecMonChristmas DayNational
31 DecSunNew Year's EveWI