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Georgia Public Holidays 2017

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

Like all states, Georgia celebrates many of the holidays recognized by the federal government. On those holidays, banks, offices and schools are closed. In addition, Georgia has several holidays that are unique to the state and may not be celebrated by other states in the country.

The state of Georgia recognizes federal holidays like New Year’s Day, Memorial Day and Christmas. On these dates, state and local offices as well as schools and banks are closed. Private employers may also close on these holidays. If the holiday falls on a weekend, the state may choose to celebrate either Friday or Monday, depending on which day of the weekend the holiday falls.

In addition to holidays recognized by the federal government, Georgia also recognizes state holidays. The state considers the day after Thanksgiving a holiday. Like many states in the South, Georgia also recognizes Confederate Memorial Day on April 26 as a holiday. The holiday honors those who died for the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

Religious Holidays

In Georgia, employees who work for any state department or agency may request time off to observe religious holy days not already noted as recognized holidays. The request must be made at least seven days prior and the holy day observance may not be charged to accrued leave.

Holiday Employment Law

Private employers are not required to provide employees with paid holiday leave, although state employees are entitled to payment for holidays. Most private employers in Georgia recognize at least seven holidays and many do offer paid holidays to staff members as a benefit. Employers are not required to pay overtime if an employee does work on a holiday unless the employee accrues more than 40 hours during the week. and may deny holiday pay if the employee does not work other required hours during the week of a holiday.

Georgia follows many of the same regulations that other states do when it comes to holiday pay. Although employers are not required to pay employees for holidays, even if the business is closed, many do so as a benefit or because there is a collective bargaining agreement in place.

Public Holidays 2017

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

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
24 AprMonConfederate Memorial Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriGeorgia State Holiday
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueWashington's Birthday Holiday