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Public Holidays

Ohio Public Holidays 2017

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

Ohio recognizes holidays that are celebrated by the federal government, much like the rest of the country. The state is given authority to set additional holidays based on state culture and history as well. State legislature determines regulations regarding holiday pay for employees which means the laws in Ohio may be different than those in other states.

In Ohio, state and government offices are closed on legal holidays. State employees are entitled to paid time off on those holidays. Part-time state employees are entitled to four hours of pay on a holiday, regardless of their work schedule. Private employers are not required to pay non-exempt employees for holidays if the company is closed. Employers in Ohio may not deduct holiday hours from the pay of an exempt employee.

Ohio recognizes the same holidays as the federal government, including New Year’s Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. The state combines Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays on the third Monday in February, celebrating it as President’s Day. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is celebrated on the preceding Friday while Sunday holidays are celebrated on the following Monday.

Ohio Holidays

The Governor of Ohio is authorized to recognize any other holiday throughout the year. The afternoon of General Election Day, held the Tuesday after the first Monday in November during even years, has been declared a holiday. Offices and businesses may close between 12 Noon and 5:30 PM in order to allow employees the opportunity to vote. However, state law does not require those hours to be paid. This includes public employees unless they have a collective bargaining agreement in place that grants paid leave during those hours.

Although the state does not require private employers to provide paid holidays to employees, most employers in Ohio offer them as a benefit. Many also offer overtime pay or another day off during the year if an employee must work on a holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

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

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
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
1 DecFriRosa Parks Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day