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Kentucky Public Holidays 2017

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

Kentucky celebrates many of the same holidays as the rest of the country and many of those are federally recognized holidays as well. Because each state passes different laws related to holiday pay and employee work requirements, many employees may be unsure what laws are applicable in Kentucky.

Kentucky celebrates many federal holidays including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. State offices are closed on federally recognized holidays and employees are paid for those days. In addition, although they are not recognized as official holidays, state employees are given paid time off on the day after Thanksgiving as well as the day before or day after Christmas and New Year’s Day.

State Holidays

In addition to federal holidays, Kentucky also celebrates Robert E. Lee Day on January 19 while the third Monday in January is designated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Kentucky also celebrates Franklin D. Roosevelt Day on January 30 and Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 while Washington’s birthday is celebrated on the third Monday in February. On June 3, Kentucky celebrates Confederate Memorial Day and Jefferson Davis’ Birthday.

No private employer is required to offer employees paid holidays in Kentucky. However, state law states that no employee, whether private or public sector, can be compelled to work on Labor Day, although they do not have to be paid for the day. If a private employer chooses to remain open on a holiday, employers are not required to pay more than the employee’s regular wages for that day. If the employer closes on a holiday, the employer is not required to pay employees for hours not worked. If an employee works more than 40 hours in a week, whether the week has a holiday or not, they must be paid overtime for any hours worked over 40. However, an employer does not have to include hours not worked on a holiday when computing overtime hours.

Kansas does celebrate several holidays that other states do not and state legislation does not require an employee to work on Labor Day. Most employers in Kansas do offer paid holidays as a benefit to employees, however.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
14 AprFriGood Friday
(half day)

29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday