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Public Holidays

South Carolina Public Holidays 2017

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

The federal government determines many of the public holidays that are celebrated throughout the country. However, each state is given the ability to establish their own holidays as well as determine whether employers are required to give employees paid time off if the company closes on a holiday. In addition, South Carolina, like other states, also has the right to determine if an employer must pay a higher salary on a holiday.

South Carolina recognizes all federal holidays including Independence Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day. When the holiday falls on a weekend, it is celebrated on either Friday or Monday, depending on which day the holiday falls on in the weekend.

State and governmental offices are closed on legal holidays in South Carolina. All state employees are entitled to paid holidays. Private employers are not required to provide paid holidays nor are they required to pay a higher rate of pay if an employee works on a holiday.

South Carolina Holidays

In addition to federal holidays, South Carolina also celebrates holidays that have been approved by the state government. The Friday after Thanksgiving is considered a holiday in South Carolina. On May 10, South Carolina celebrates Confederate Memorial Day. The holiday is designed to honor and remember Confederate soldiers who died or were wounded during the American Civil War. South Carolina chose May 10 as it marks the anniversary of the death of Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson as well as the capture of Jefferson Davis.

Although there are no laws in the state that require employers to offer paid holidays to employees, most employers in South Carolina do so as a benefit to their staff. Many also offer premium rates of pay if an employee must work on a holiday or the option of taking another day off during the year to make up for working on a holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

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

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
10 MayWedConfederate Memorial Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
22 DecFriChristmas Eve Holiday
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueChristmas Holiday