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Public Holidays

Illinois Public Holidays 2017

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

Illinois celebrates the same holidays as the rest of the country as many of those holidays are federally recognized. However, each state determines how employees are paid for holidays and whether an employee must be paid more than their regular pay rate should they work on holidays. Illinois’s laws related to holiday pay are regulated by the Illinois Department of Labor.

In Illinois, employers are not required to provide employees with paid holidays. If working on a holiday or on a Sunday requires the employee to work more than 40 hours in a week, the employee must be paid overtime for any hours over 40, but is not required to pay a premium pay when an employee works the holiday alone. The employer is also not required to count unworked holiday hours as hours worked when computing overtime. Many employers in Illinois do provide paid holidays as a benefit to employees. State employees are paid for all federally recognized holidays.

Illinois recognizes federal holidays that include Independence Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, the holiday is celebrated on Friday and if the holiday falls on Sunday, it is celebrated on Monday. Banks are permitted to celebrate legal holidays that fall on a Sunday on Monday, but are closed on Saturday if the holiday falls on that day of the week.

Illinois State Holidays

In addition to federally recognized holidays, Illinois also celebrates others as state holidays. The state recognizes Good Friday as a holiday. In addition, Lincoln’s birthday is celebrated on February 12 while President’s Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February. On the first Monday of March, Illinois celebrates Pulaski Day in honor of Casimir Pulaski who is known as the Father of American Cavalry. Pulaski was a pivotal figure in the American Revolution. Schools, libraries, banks and courts are often closed on Pulaski Day although federal and state offices remain open in Illinois.

Like most states, Illinois sets its own laws regarding holiday pay and overtime regulations related to holidays. Unless there is a collective bargaining or other agreement that requires an employer to provide holiday pay, no public employers are required to do so.

Public Holidays 2017

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

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
12 FebSunLincoln's Birthday
13 FebMonLincoln's Birthday Holiday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
25 DecMonChristmas Day