US Federal and State Public Holidays

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About US Federal and State Public Holidays

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.

 

Public Holidays 2014

Date
Day
Holiday
State
1 JanWedNew Year's DayNational
17 JanFriLee-Jackson DayVA
19 JanSunConfederate Heroes DayTX
20 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. BirthdayNational except AL AZ AR MS NH
20 JanMonRobert E. Lee /
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
AL AR MS
20 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday /
Civil Rights Day
AZ NH
4 FebTuesRosa Parks DayCA
12 FebWedLincoln's BirthdayCT IL MO NY
17 FebMonGeorge Washington/
Thomas Jefferson Birthday
AL
17 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
17 FebMonLincoln / Washington / Presidents' DayAZ MT UT
17 FebMonGeorge Washington Birthday / Daisy Gatson Bates DayAR
17 FebMonWashington's BirthdayCT MA MO MS NY VA DC
2 MarSunTexas Independence DayTX
4 MarTuesMardi Gras DayAL*(Baldwin & Mobile Counties Only) LA
4 MarTuesTown Meeting DayVT
17 MarMonEvacuation DayMA* (Suffolk county only)
26 MarWedPrince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayHI
31 MarMonSeward's DayAK
31 MarMonCésar Chávez DayCA CO TX
16 AprWedDC Emancipation DayDC
18 AprFriGood FridayCT DE HI IN KY* (1/2 day)
LA NC ND NJ PA TN TX
21 AprMonPatriots' DayMA ME
21 AprMonSan Jacinto DayTX
25 AprFriArbor DayNE
28 AprMonConfederate Memorial DayAL GA MS
6 MayTuesPrimary Election DayIN
8 MayThursTruman DayMO
9 MayFriConfederate Memorial DaySC
23 MayFriService Reduction DayMD
26 MayMonMemorial DayNational
2 JunMonJefferson Davis DayAL
11 JunWedKing Kamehameha DayHI
17 JunTuesBunker Hill DayMA* (Suffolk county only)
19 JunThursEmancipation Day / JuneteenthTX
20 JunFriWest Virginia DayWV
4 JulFriIndependence DayNational
24 JulThursPioneer DayUT
11 AugMonVictory DayRI
15 AugFriStatehood DayHI
15 AugFriBennington Battle DayVT
27 AugWedLyndon B. Johnson DayTX
1 SepMonLabor DayNational
26 SepFriNative American DayCA
13 OctMonColumbus DayAL AZ CO CT GA ID IL IN MA MD ME MO MT NE NJ NM NY OH PA RI TN TX UT VA WV DC
13 OctMonNative American DaySD
17 OctFriAlaska DayAK
31 OctFriNevada DayNV
4 NovTuesGeneral Election DayDE HI IL IN LA MD MI MT NJ NY PA RI
6 NovThursReturn DayDE* (after 12 noon Sussex County)
11 NovTuesVeterans' DayNational
26 NovWed(Additional) Thanksgiving HolidayVA* (half day only)
27 NovThursThanksgiving DayNational
28 NovFriThanksgiving FridayCA DE FL IA IL KS KY ME MI MN MS NC NE NH OK PA SC VA WA WV
28 NovFriObserved Holiday (Robert E. Lee's Birthday)GA
28 NovFriObserved Holiday (Lincoln's Birthday)IN
28 NovFriAmerican Indian Heritage DayMD
28 NovFriObserved Holiday
(President's Day)
NM
28 NovFriFamily DayNV
1 DecMonRosa Parks DayOH
24 DecWedChristmas EveAR KS* (1/2 day) MI NC OK SC VA* (1/2 day) WI WV* (1/2 day)
25 DecThursChristmas DayNational
26 DecFriDay After ChristmasKS KY NC SC VA
26 DecFriObserved Holiday (Washington's Day)GA IN
31 DecWedNew Year's EveMI TN WI WV* (1/2 day)

 

Public Holidays 2015

Date
Day
Holiday
State
1 JanThursNew Year's DayNational
16 JanFriLee-Jackson DayVA
19 JanMonConfederate Heroes DayTX
19 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. BirthdayNational except AL AZ AR MS NH
19 JanMonRobert E. Lee /
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
AL AR MS
19 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday /
Civil Rights Day
AZ NH
4 FebWedRosa Parks DayCA
12 FebThursLincoln's BirthdayCT IL MO NY
16 FebMonGeorge Washington/
Thomas Jefferson Birthday
AL
16 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
16 FebMonLincoln / Washington / Presidents' DayAZ MT UT
16 FebMonGeorge Washington Birthday / Daisy Gatson Bates DayAR
16 FebMonWashington's BirthdayCT MA MO MS NY VA DC
17 FebTuesMardi Gras DayAL*(Baldwin & Mobile Counties Only) LA
2 MarMonTexas Independence DayTX
3 MarTuesTown Meeting DayVT
17 MarTuesEvacuation DayMA* (Suffolk county only)
26 MarThursPrince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayHI
30 MarMonSeward's DayAK
31 MarTuesCésar Chávez DayCA CO TX
16 AprThursDC Emancipation DayDC
3 AprFriGood FridayCT DE HI IN KY* (1/2 day) LA NC ND NJ PA TN TX
20 AprMonPatriots' DayME MA
21 AprTuesSan Jacinto DayTX
24 AprFriArbor DayNE
27 AprMonConfederate Memorial DayAL GA MS
TBCTBCPrimary Election DayIN
8 MayFriTruman DayMO
11 MayMonConfederate Memorial DaySC
TBCTBCService Reduction DayMD
25 MayMonMemorial DayNational
1 JunMonJefferson Davis DayAL
11 JunThursKing Kamehameha DayHI
17 JunWedBunker Hill DayMA* (Suffolk county only)
19 JunFriEmancipation Day / JuneteenthTX
20 JunSatWest Virginia DayWV
3 JulFriIndependence Day
(Observed)
National
4 JulSatIndependence DayNational
24 JulFriPioneer DayUT
10 AugMonVictory DayRI
21 AugFriStatehood DayHI
17 AugMonBennington Battle DayVT
27 AugThursLyndon B. Johnson DayTX
7 SepMonLabor DayNational
25 SepFriNative American DayCA
12 OctMonColumbus DayAL AZ CO CT GA ID IL IN MA MD ME MO MT NE NJ NM NY OH PA RI TN TX UT VA WV DC
12 OctMonNative American DaySD
18 OctSunAlaska DayAK
19 OctMonAlaska Day (Observed)AK
30 OctFriNevada DayNV
3 NovTuesGeneral Election DayDE HI IL IN LA MD MI MT NJ NY PA RI
11 NovWedVeterans' DayNational
25 NovWed(Additional) Thanksgiving HolidayVA* (half day only)
26 NovThursThanksgiving DayNational
27 NovFriThanksgiving FridayCA DE FL IA IL KS KY ME MI MN MS NC NE NH OK PA SC VA WA WV
27 NovFriObserved Holiday (Robert E. Lee's Birthday)GA
27 NovFriObserved Holiday (Lincoln's Birthday)IN
27 NovFriAmerican Indian Heritage DayMD
TBCTBCObserved Holiday (President's Day)NM
27 NovFriFamily DayNV
1 DecTuesRosa Parks DayOH
24 DecThursChristmas EveAR KS* (1/2 day) MI NC OK SC VA* (1/2 day) WI WV* (1/2 day)
25 DecFriChristmas DayNational
26 DecSatDay After ChristmasKS KY NC SC VA
24 DecThursObserved Holiday (Washington's Day)GA IN
31 DecThursNew Year's EveMI TN WI WV* (1/2 day)