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Maine Public Holidays 2017

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

Each state has their own laws related to whether an employer must offer paid holidays to employees. Maine is no exception as they not only have laws in place related to holiday pay but also may recognize different holidays than the federal government or even other states.

Employers in Maine are not required to offer employees paid holidays. If the employer closes on a holiday, an employer is not required to pay the employee for those missed hours. In addition, if the employer chooses to remain open on a holiday, the employer is not required to pay more than the employee’s regular salary. The exception is public employees who are entitled to specific holidays off with pay. State employees who are required to work on a holiday are given compensatory time arranged at the convenience of both the employee and employer. Large retail stores with more than 5,000 square feet of selling space are not permitted to be open on Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Motor vehicle sales are prohibited on Sunday.

Maine follows all holidays that are recognized by the federal government, including Martin Luther King Jr Day, Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday is celebrated on Monday while holidays that fall on a Saturday are celebrated on Friday.

Holidays Unique to Maine

Maine and Massachusetts are the only two states in the country to celebrate Patriot’s Day. The holiday is celebrated in mid-April, normally around April 19, to recognize the patriots who fought for the country’s independence. The first battles of the war were fought in the areas of Lexington and Concord, near Boston, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775. One of the patriots recognized is Paul Revere whose famous “Midnight Ride” warned the colonists of the British invasion. Tennessee has also passed legislation to recognize Patriot’s Day, but it is not a holiday as it is in Maine. In Maine, state, county and municipal offices are closed and many schools are also closed.

Although the state does not require private employers to offer employees paid holidays, most employers in the state give employees at least seven paid holidays each year. In addition, many employers pay higher salaries on holidays in order to entice employees to work those days.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
17 AprMonPatriots' Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
25 DecMonChristmas Day