Public Holidays 2015 and 2016

We currently have public holidays for 2015 and 2016 listed. Scroll down to view.

Introduction

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. [/expand]

Public Holidays 2015

DateDayHolidayState
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
3 AprFriGood FridayCT DE HI IN KY* (1/2 day) LA NC ND NJ PA TN TX
16 AprThursDC Emancipation DayDC
20 AprMonPatriots' DayME MA
21 AprTuesSan Jacinto DayTX
24 AprFriArbor DayNE
27 AprMonConfederate Memorial DayAL GA MS
5 MayTuesPrimary Election DayIN
8 MayFriTruman DayMO
11 MayMonConfederate Memorial DaySC
22 MayFriService 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 except
CA, MA, NY, RI & WI
4 JulSatIndependence DayNational
6 JulMonIndependence Day
(Observed)
MA & RI
24 JulFriPioneer DayUT
10 AugMonVictory DayRI
16 AugSunBennington Battle DayVT
21 AugFriStatehood DayHI
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
27 NovFriObserved 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)
24 DecThursObserved Holiday
(Washington's Day)
GA IN
25 DecFriChristmas DayNational
26 DecSatDay After ChristmasKS KY NC SC VA
31 DecThursNew Year's EveMI TN WI WV* (1/2 day)

Public Holidays 2016

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanFriNew Year's DayNational
15 JanFriLee-Jackson DayVA
19 JanTueConfederate Heroes DayTX
18 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. BirthdayNational except AL AZ AR MS NH
18 JanMonRobert E. Lee /
Martin Luther King Birthday
AL AR MS
18 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday /
Civil Rights Day
AZ NH
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' DayAZ MT UT
15 FebMonGeorge Washington Birthday / Daisy Gatson Bates DayAR
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
17 MarThuEvacuation DayMA* (Suffolk county only)
26 MarSatPrince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayHI
28 MarMonSeward's DayAK
31 MarThuCésar Chávez DayCA TX
16 AprSatDC Emancipation DayDC
25 MarFriGood FridayCT DE HI IN KY* (1/2 day) LA NC ND NJ PA TN TX
18 AprMonPatriots' DayME MA
21 AprThuSan Jacinto DayTX
29 AprFriArbor DayNE
25 AprMonConfederate Memorial DayAL GA MS
8 MaySunTruman DayMO
10 MayTueConfederate Memorial DaySC
20 MayFriService Reduction DayMD
30 MayMonMemorial DayNational
6 JunMonJefferson Davis DayAL
11 JunSatKing Kamehameha DayHI
17 JunFriBunker Hill DayMA* (Suffolk county only)
19 JunSunEmancipation Day / JuneteenthTX
20 JunMonWest Virginia DayWV
4 JulMonIndependence Day
(Observed)
National
24 JulSunPioneer DayUT
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 TN TX UT VA WV DC
10 OctMonNative American DaySD
18 OctTueAlaska DayAK
28 OctFriNevada DayNV
8 NovTueGeneral Election DayDE HI IL IN LA MD MI MT NJ NY PA RI
10 NovThuReturn DayDE* (after 12 noon Sussex County)
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 VA WA WV
25 NovFriObserved Holiday
(Robert E. Lee's Birthday)
GA
25 NovFriObserved Holiday
(Lincoln's Birthday)
IN
25 NovFriAmerican Indian Heritage DayMD
25 NovFriObserved Holiday
(President's Day)
NM
25 NovFriFamily DayNV
1 DecThuRosa Parks Day
24 DecSatChristmas EveAR KS* (1/2 day) MI NC OK SC VA* (1/2 day) WI WV* (1/2 day)
25 DecSunChristmas DayNational
26 DecMonChristmas Day
(Observed)
National
TBCTBCObserved Holiday
(Washington's Day)
GA IN
31 DecSatNew Year's EveMI TN WI WV* (1/2 day)

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