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Arkansas
Public Holidays

Arkansas Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 Arkansas public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

Like other states in the country, Arkansas recognizes some of the same holidays as the federal government. On these holidays, state, local and county offices are closed in order to allow staff to celebrate with family and friends. Like many states, if a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is celebrated on the Friday before while holidays that fall on Sunday are celebrated on the following Monday.

Arkansas Holidays

Arkansas recognizes the same federal holidays as other states, such as Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and Christmas. However, there are a few differences in Arkansas related to some federally recognized holidays. The third Monday in January is not only a celebration in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but is also celebrated as Robert E. Lee’s birthday. The third Monday in February is not only celebrated in honor of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, known as President’s Day in other states, it is also known as Daisy Gatson Bates Day. Daisy Gatson Bates was an American civil rights activist and journalist who played a pivotal role in integrating schools in Little Rock. Christmas Eve is also considered a legal holiday in Arkansas.

Public and Private Employers

All state offices are closed on legal holidays and employees are not required to report to work unless their profession is essential to protection of peace, health and safety. State employees are also granted one additional holiday each year for their birthday. Any state employee who is required to work on a holiday is provided equivalent time off at a later date. This includes those who are employed at institutes of higher learning in Arkansas. The law does not require any private employers to provide paid holidays for their employees.

Although Arkansas does not appear to have any regional holidays, there may be municipalities or areas of the state where local holidays are celebrated. State government recognizes ten holidays throughout the state, all but one of which are recognized by the federal government.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Arkansas State Government.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
16 JanMonRobert E. Lee Birthday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
20 FebMonDaisy Gatson Bates Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueChristmas Holiday