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Michigan Public Holidays 2017

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

Although most states recognize the same laws as the federal government, they are granted the right to determine how employees are paid as well as whether an employee can be required to work on a holiday. Michigan legislators have established certain holidays as well as regulations for how payment to employees must be handled.

Michigan celebrates holidays that are recognized by the federal government, including Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day. When New Year’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day or Christmas fall on a Sunday, the holiday is observed on Monday, but there is no provision for moving the holidays if they fall on a Saturday.

Michigan Holidays

Michigan recognizes some holidays not recognized by the federal government. Lincoln’s Birthday is celebrated February 12 while Washington’s Birthday is celebrated on the third Monday in February, the date most states celebrate President’s Day. The first Tuesday of November in even-numbered year is declared a holiday due to the General Election. Over the past few years, Lincoln’s Birthday has been celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving and Columbus Day on Christmas Eve.

Like most states, Michigan does not require employers to pay premium rates if an employee is required to work on holidays nor does it require a business to provide paid holidays. However, most businesses in Michigan offer at least six paid holidays as a benefit to employees.

Holiday Pay

Michigan law stipulates that employees of the state are entitled to paid holidays when state offices are closed. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, employees are given the paid holiday on the preceding Friday. When there is no collective bargaining agreement that stipulates otherwise, private employers are not required to provide paid holidays. If the business is closed, the employer does not have to pay the employee for the hours they did not work. In addition, employers are not required to pay premium rates for holidays should the business remain open. If an employee works more than 40 hours in one week, the employer must pay overtime but does not have to count unworked holiday hours toward the 40 hours

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Michigan 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
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
22 DecFriChristmas Eve Holiday
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
29 DecFriNew Year's Holiday
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve