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Mississippi Public Holidays 2017

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

Mississippi recognizes the same holidays that the federal government recognizes, as well as some that are specific to the state. The state legislature has passed several laws related to whether employees must be paid overtime for hours worked on holidays or if the employer must provide paid holidays to employees.

Private employers are not required to offer employees paid holidays. In addition, private employers are not required to pay a higher rate of pay if an employee is required to work on a holiday. For the purposes of computing overtime, an employer does not have to include unworked holiday hours towards overtime compensation. State employees are given paid holidays as state offices are closed.

Mississippi recognizes all holidays acknowledged by the federal government including Washington’s Birthday, Independence Day and Labor Day. Holidays that fall on the weekend are celebrated on either Friday or Monday depending on which day the holiday falls. County courthouses close on the preceding Friday for Saturday holidays and on the following Monday for Sunday holidays.

Mississippi State Holidays

Mississippi celebrates Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday on the third Monday in June, but some municipalities celebrate that holiday as Robert E. Lee’s birthday. Mississippi also celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday in April in honor of those who died in the American Civil War. The state also combines National Memorial Day with Jefferson Davis’ birthday on the last Monday in May. Some areas of the state refer to Veteran’s Day as Armistice Day. Municipalities or counties may declare Mardi Gras Day to be a holiday in place of any one holiday throughout the year. Mardi Gras Day may not replace Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday or Veteran’s Day.

Although state law does not require them to do so, many employers throughout Mississippi provide paid holidays to their employees as a benefit. In addition, some voluntarily pay higher rates of pay in order to encourage employees to come in on holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
24 AprMonConfederate Memorial 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