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Alabama Public Holidays 2017

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

Like most states, Alabama recognizes many of the same holidays that the federal government recognizes, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Independence Day. Also like many states, there are holidays celebrated in Alabama that are not federal holidays. For many people, this brings to mind questions about what employees should expect under the law in Alabama regarding holiday pay or time off.

Legislation provides that state offices are closed on specific holidays and that state employees are paid on those days off. In some cases, when a holiday in the state is limited to certain counties, county employees may also receive paid time off for those days. However, Alabama law states that private employers are not required to provide any holidays off. In addition, if the employer chooses to close on a holiday, they are not required to pay their employees. If they choose to remain open, an employer is not required to pay a higher rate to employees who are required to work that day. However, if the employer chooses to close, the holiday must be viewed as “hours worked” when computing overtime, even if the employee did not work any hours that day.

Unique Holidays in Alabama

Although the State of Alabama celebrates all federal holidays, there are some unique holidays in the state as well. On these days, all state offices are closed. Two unique holidays celebrated in Alabama include Confederate Memorial Day, celebrated on the fourth Monday in April, and Jefferson Davis’ birthday, celebrated on the first Monday in June. The state also recognizes Robert E. Lee’s birthday on the same day as Martin Luther King Jr.’s on the third Monday in January as well as the birthday of Thomas Jefferson the same day as George Washington on the third Monday in February. In addition, the second Monday in October, celebrated as Columbus Day for most of the country, is also recognized as Fraternal Day and American Indian Heritage Day.

Regional Holidays

Mardi Gras is celebrated in Mobile and Baldwin Counties with all state and county offices closed on that day. State employees who live outside these two counties are provided one additional personal day per year in lieu of paid time off on Mardi Gras.

Like many states throughout the country, Alabama recognizes holidays that are based in the state’s history. Employment law differs from state-to-state regarding paid holidays for employees of private industry, but, like most, Alabama provides paid time off for state employees.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
16 JanMonRobert E. Lee Birthday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
28 FebTueMardi Gras Day
(Baldwin & Mobile Counties Only)
24 AprMonConfederate Memorial Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
5 JunMonJefferson Davis Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day