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Alaska Public Holidays 2017

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

Alaska, like all states in the country, have recognized holidays, many of which are the same as recognized by the federal government. These include recognized holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving. However, Alaska also recognizes holidays that other states do not. This can cause some confusion regarding the state’s laws regarding holiday pay, time off and what holidays are recognized by the state.

In Alaska, an employer is not required to pay above your regular hourly rate if you work on a holiday. You must be paid for the hours worked, but the employer only has to pay your regular rate. If your employer promises you additional pay for a holiday, they are required to do so, but if no promise has been made, you may not receive additional funds if you are required to work on a holiday. Employees are also not entitled to overtime pay simply because they worked on a holiday unless working on a holiday requires them to work more than 40 hours in one week.

Unique Holidays in Alaska

The state of Alaska recognizes federal holidays including New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day. They also recognize Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

There are two holidays that are unique to Alaska, however. The state celebrates Seward’s Day, commemorating the signing of the Alaska Purchase Treaty in 1867. It is named Seward’s Day as the treaty was negotiated by the Secretary of State at the time, William H. Seward. The state also celebrates Alaska Day which honors the anniversary of the transfer of Alaska from Russia after the purchase. Alaska Day is celebrated on October 18 and Seward’s Day is celebrated on the last Monday in March.

Although small villages and municipalities in Alaska may celebrate other holidays, there are no state sanctioned holidays that are unique to specific areas. On holidays celebrated statewide, most local, county and state offices are closed as well as many businesses in order to allow employees to enjoy the holiday with family.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
20 FebMonLincoln's Birthday
27 MarMonSeward's Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
18 OctWedAlaska Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day