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Maryland Public Holidays 2017

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

Maryland’s Department of Licensing and Regulation oversees all legislation related to holiday pay for employees in the state. Maryland is what is known as a “no entitlement” state, much like many of the states in the country when it comes to holiday pay.

In Maryland, unless an employment contract, agreement or policy is in existence, state law does not guarantee days off for holidays. In addition, there is no special rate of pay for employees who are required to work on a holiday if they are in the private sector. Retail employees must be given one religious day of rest each week as long as they give prior written notice to the employer. Employers may require employees to work on holidays without extra pay.

Maryland recognizes the same holidays as the federal government. These include President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day. State employees are entitled to leave with pay for any holidays approved by the federal government as well as holidays that are specific to the state. If a holiday falls on the weekend, the holiday may be celebrated on either Friday or Saturday, depending on what day of the week the holiday falls.

Unique Maryland Holidays

Maryland celebrates American Indian Heritage Day each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving. All state agencies, libraries and public schools are closed on American Indian Heritage Day. The holiday is designed to recognize the descendants of the original inhabitants of the United States. Celebrations are planned in order to highlight the relationship between the United States government and the Native American governments. They also honor the achievements of Native Americans to the country.

Although it is not required under the law, most private sector employers in Maryland offer employees paid holidays as a benefit. Most employers recognize at least six holidays and pay employees if they close on those holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

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

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