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Arizona Public Holidays 2017

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

Although Arizona celebrates many of the laws other states celebrate, there is no law regarding holiday pay for employees. It is solely at the discretion of the employer how they pay employees if they require them to work on a holiday.

Arizona requires employers, both public and private, to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA does not require payment for time when an employee does not work, including vacations and holidays. The employer and the employee generally work out an agreement related to holiday pay if they work in Arizona. There are exceptions, however. Salaried employees as well as those working in computer-related fields must be paid at least $455 per week, even during weeks with a holiday. In addition, the employee’s duties and salary must meet federal requirements in order to be exempt from overtime rules that can include holiday pay.

Arizona Holidays

The state of Arizona recognizes the same holidays as the federal government. State, county and local government offices are closed on New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

In addition, the state recognizes the third Monday in January as Civil Rights Day rather than Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Also, the state legislature recognizes Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day as holidays along with American Family Day, which is celebrated the first Sunday in August. The state recognizes September 17 as Constitution Commemoration Day.

State and Private Employers

Arizona public offices are closed on all holidays, but employees are only entitled to New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas as paid holidays. Administration of a public employer may elect to allow employees paid days off on other holidays and the majority of state, local and county offices do so. Private employers in Arizona are not required to provide paid holidays nor are they required to give employees the day off. Most employers in the state, however, do provide employees with paid holidays.

Arizona recognizes many of the same holidays as the federal government as well as some that are not federally recognized. Although employers are not required to allow employees to have paid days off on a holiday, many do offer such benefits.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
16 JanMonCivil Rights Day
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
25 DecMonChristmas Day