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Public Holidays

North Carolina Public Holidays 2017

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

As with other states throughout the country, North Carolina celebrates certain days each year as legal holidays. Many businesses close and offices are not open in order to allow employees to enjoy the holiday with friends and family. Some businesses, however, must remain open, including law enforcement, hospitals and others who provide valuable services that cannot be discontinued due to a holiday. It is often confusing to employees who are unsure whether their employer is required to pay them for a holiday when the business is closed or whether the employer must pay a higher rate of pay for work performed on a holiday.

North Carolina celebrates holidays recognized by the federal government, including Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day and Labor Day. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated the next day, on Monday. If it falls on a Saturday, the holiday is celebrated the preceding day, on Friday.

North Carolina Holidays

North Carolina celebrates Good Friday on the Friday before Easter each year. In addition, on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even years, the state celebrates Election Day and many offices are closed.

In North Carolina, state employees are provided a maximum of 11 paid holidays. If Christmas falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, the governor may authorize a 12th paid holiday. However, private employers are not required to provide paid holidays to employees. In addition, if the business is open on a holiday, an employer is not required to pay employees a higher rate of pay for work on a holiday. Per federal law, if an employee works more than 40 hours in a week, they may receive overtime pay for any hours over 40. However, unworked holiday hours do not have to be counted toward that overtime.

Despite the fact that the law does not require it, many employers throughout North Carolina offer at least six paid holidays to their employees as a benefit. Many also offer higher rates of pay on the holiday in order to encourage employees to work those days. Some may offer time off at a different time during the year in lieu of a higher rate of pay.

Public Holidays 2017

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

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
14 AprFriGood Friday
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueChristmas Holiday
27 DecWedChristmas Holiday