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Wisconsin Public Holidays 2017

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

Wisconsin celebrates many of the same holidays recognized by the federal government. On those dates, schools, businesses and government agencies are closed. Employees who are given the day off may question whether their employer is required to pay them for the day off or, if they are required to work, they must be paid a higher rate of pay for a holiday.

Wisconsin recognizes most federal holidays including Independence Day, Veteran’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On these days, schools and government offices are closed. In some cases, if the holiday falls on a weekend, it will be celebrated on either Friday or Monday. In addition, the governor or the President of the United States may authorize additional holidays throughout the year.

Wisconsin State Holidays

Good Friday, between the hours of 11 AM and 3 PM, is a holiday in Wisconsin. Citizens also celebrate Juneteenth day on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery. On the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November during even years, Election Day is a holiday in Wisconsin as well.

Holiday Law

Although state employees are provided paid holidays, there is no law in Wisconsin that requires private employers to provide paid holidays as a benefit. State employees also receive 3.5 paid personal holidays each calendar year. A private employer who promises employees paid holidays, however, is required to provide the benefit under the law. In addition, if a private employer in Wisconsin offers paid holidays to full-time staff, they must offer paid holidays to all full-time staff. There are no regulations in Wisconsin that a private employer must pay overtime for hours worked on a holiday or provide additional time off on another day.

Wisconsin employers recognize that offering paid holiday is a benefit most employees request. Therefore, many private employers in the state do offer paid holidays or higher wages 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 Wisconsin State Government.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve