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New Jersey Public Holidays 2017

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

Just like most of the states in the country, New Jersey celebrates many of the same holidays as the federal government. On those dates, offices and some businesses are closed. Many employees are unaware that state law determines whether they are required to be paid for holidays if their business closes or if their employer must pay them overtime if they do work on a holiday.

New Jersey holidays are basically the same as the federal government. Days like Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day are all considered legal holidays. If the holiday falls on a weekend, the holiday is celebrated on either Friday or Monday, depending on the day of the weekend where the holiday falls.

New Jersey state government offices are closed on all holidays and are paid for the time off. Private employers are not required to pay for holidays even if the business closes. In addition, they are not required to pay a higher rate of pay if the employee works on a holiday.

New Jersey Specific Holidays

The state of New Jersey includes Saturday after 12 Noon as well as all day Sunday as a legal holiday. In even years, the day of the General Election is considered a holiday. New Jersey celebrates Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 and Washington’s birthday on the third Monday in February. However, state employees are not entitled to Lincoln’s birthday as a paid holiday. The state’s governor is also given authority to name additional holidays throughout the year.

Many employers in New Jersey do offer at least six paid holidays as a benefit to employers even though the law does not require them to do so. Many employers also offer premium pay on holidays or allow employees to take days off at other times during the year to encourage them to work on a holiday if their business must remain open.

Public Holidays 2017

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

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