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Minnesota Public Holidays 2017

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

Throughout the United States, each state is given the ability to create their own laws related to whether employees must receive holiday pay as well as what rate of pay they are required to receive. Minnesota employees often question whether their state has regulations related to holiday pay and what those regulations may be.

Minnesota recognizes the same holidays that the federal government recognizes including Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday, Labor Day and Christmas. If New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day or Christmas falls on a weekend, the holiday is celebrated on either Friday or Monday, depending on the day of the weekend where the holiday falls. All other holidays are celebrated on the date established.

Minnesota State Holidays

In Minnesota, the Executive Branch of state government does not receive Columbus Day as a paid holiday. The day after Thanksgiving is a paid holiday for the Executive Branch but the governor is given authority to declare that day a holiday for other branches of government as well.

Despite the fact that there are no laws requiring them to do so, many private employers do offer employees paid holidays as a benefit in Minnesota.

Holiday Pay

Public offices are closed on holidays and all employees given paid days off to celebrate. Any employee of the state, political subdivisions or municipality who observes a religious holiday that does not fall on a weekend or other legal holiday is entitled to take the day off to observe their religious holiday. The employee does not have to receive paid leave. If the employee has accrued leave, they must use leave or must make up the hours at another time during the same fiscal year. Private employees are not entitled to paid holidays. Private employers are also not required to give employees time off for religious holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Minnesota 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
25 DecMonChristmas Day