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Louisiana Public Holidays 2017

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

Louisiana is unique in that the state is divided into parishes rather than counties like many other states in the country. In some cases, holidays are celebrated in certain parishes and not in others. However, there are holidays that are celebrated throughout the state, many of which are recognized by the federal government as well.

Federal holidays such as Washington’s Birthday, Independence Day and Labor Day are all celebrated in Louisiana. Public employees are given paid holidays on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every four years, Inauguration Day is considered a holiday and every two years General Election Day is holiday with public offices closed.

Louisiana Holidays

The state of Louisiana celebrates Battle of New Orleans Day on January 8 to commemorate General Andrew Jackson’s victory on Lake Champlain near New Orleans. On January 19, Louisiana celebrates Robert E. Lee Day while Martin Luther King Jr Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. Confederate Memorial Day is celebrated on June 3 and Huey P. Long Day is celebrated on August 30. The latter is in honor of Huey Long, the colorful and controversial governor of Louisiana from 1928 until 1932. Long was impeached one year after his election, but refused to yield the governorship to his lieutenant governor. On November 1, Louisiana celebrates All Saints Day as well. Mardi Gras is also celebrated throughout Louisiana. Most public offices are open on all these holidays, although some parishes have ordinances requiring public offices to close during Mardi Gras.

Holiday Pay Regulations

No public employer is required to provide paid holidays to employees. In addition, an employer is not required to pay more than the employee’s regular salary if they remain open on a holiday. If an employee works more than 40 hours in a week, the employer must pay overtime for any hours over 40, but are not required to include unworked holiday hours in the overtime computation.

Louisiana has many holidays that are only celebrated in their state, many of which focus on the culture and history of the state. Most employers do offer paid holidays as a benefit to employees even though the law does not require them to do so.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
28 FebTueMardi Gras Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day