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Florida Public Holidays 2017

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

Florida is not only popular for tourists, many people choose to relocate to the state in order to enjoy the almost year-round warm temperatures, bright sunshine and sandy beaches. Like other states, Florida celebrates many holidays where banks, public offices and businesses may be closed. However, whether or not an employee receives paid holidays or not is different in each state. For those considering relocation to Florida, it is important to know what the law is related to holidays.

Florida celebrates all federal holidays, including President’s Day, Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day. On federal holidays, banks and public offices are normally closed. Public sector employees are paid on federal holidays, but private sector employers are not required to pay employees under state or federal law. As in most states, if a holiday falls on Saturday, it is celebrated on Friday while Sunday holidays are celebrated on Monday.

Unique Florida Holidays

Two holidays in Florida are unique to southern states in the country. Florida celebrates Confederate Memorial Day in order to honor the more than 260,000 soldiers who died fighting for the South during the Civil War. The holiday is celebrated on different dates throughout the South, but Florida celebrates on April 26. Florida also celebrates the birthday of General Robert E. Lee who led the Confederate Army during the war on January 19. Because General Lee’s birthday is close to the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the two holidays are combined. One holiday that is only celebrated in Florida is Pascua Florida Day. It is a day to celebrate the discovery of Florida by Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon. He named the area in honor of Pascua Florida, the Spanish Feast of the Flowers celebrated during Easter.

Holiday Employment Law

The state of Florida does not require any employer to provide employees with paid holidays, although many do include them as part of a benefits package. If an employer does offer holiday pay, there are regulations related to consistency. For example, if an employee normally works four hours on a holiday and the employer offers paid holidays, the employee must be paid four hours for that day, even if they do not work. Employers may stipulate that an employee be employed a certain amount of time before holiday pay is offered or deny payment for a holiday if the employee does not work other regularly scheduled hours the week of a holiday. If an employee works on a holiday, they are not required to receive overtime pay unless they work more than 40 hours during the week.

Most employees in Florida do offer paid holidays as a benefit. The United States Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulates holiday pay and overtime benefits throughout the state. Payment for holidays is optional and may be included in collective bargaining contracts.

Public Holidays 2017

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

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 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
25 DecMonChristmas Day