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California Public Holidays 2017

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

The Department of Industrial Regulations is responsible for monitoring public holiday law in California. The state recognizes all federal holidays, but also recognizes holidays that are unique to the state. In addition, California considers every Sunday a holiday as well.

The state does not require employers to provide paid holidays or that businesses close on any holiday. If the business does close, there are no laws that require the employer to pay for the employee’s time off. Employers are also not required to pay more than the employee’s regular hourly rate if they are required to work on a holiday. Overtime pay may be required if working on a holiday requires an employee to work more than 40 hours in one week.

California Holidays

All federal holidays are celebrated in California, including Labor Day, New Year’s Day and Veteran’s Day. In addition, California recognizes the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is celebrated on the day before and if it falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated the day after.

In addition to the regular federal holidays, California also celebrates Cesar Chavez Day. The holiday is celebrated on March 31 in honor of a migrant farm worker who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, focusing attention on the plight of migrant farm workers in the United States. There has been a recent push to make Cesar Chavez Day a national holiday.

Religious Observances

California law does provide accommodations for employees who may need certain religious holidays off that are not considered official holidays. Employers must provide accommodations for employees on a case-by-case basis, but does have the right to deny time off if it would present a hardship for the business if the employee was granted time off for a religious holiday. The employer must communicate holiday policy to employees in the form of a handbook or posted notice regarding holiday requirements.

If a holiday in California falls on a payday, the employer has the right to pay wages on the next day. In addition, an employee is not required to allow employees to accrue paid time off for a holiday. On most holidays in California, state, local and city offices as well as educational institutions are closed.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
4 FebSatRosa Parks Day
20 FebMonPresident's Day
31 MarFriCésar Chávez Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
25 DecMonChristmas Day