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Missouri Public Holidays 2017

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

Missouri, like all other states in the country, establishes laws related to holiday pay and time off for employees. Because laws differ from state to state, it can be difficult to know what the regulations are and how they pertain to certain employees. In addition, states are permitted to establish holidays that are unique to that state with different rules as to who is provided the day as a paid holiday.

Holiday Pay

In Missouri, state employees are entitled to paid holidays for those recognized by the federal government as well as any established by the state government. Private employers are not required to provide paid holidays to employees. In addition, private employers are not required to pay an employee more than their regular pay rate if they are required to work on a holiday. If an employee works more than 40 hours in a week, they are required to receive overtime pay for any hours over 40. However, if the employee does not work on a holiday during a week they work more than 40 hours, the employer does not have to count the hours not worked on the holiday when computing overtime pay.

Missouri Holidays

Missouri celebrates Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 and President’s Day on the third Monday in February. The governor may also decree the Friday after Thanksgiving as a holiday for state employees in Missouri. Lincoln celebrates Jefferson Day on April 13 in honor of Thomas Jefferson. Truman Day is celebrated on May 8 each year in the state. This holiday is in honor of Harry S. Truman who became President of the United States upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. Truman led the United States through the end of World War II. The holiday was established because Truman was born in Missouri and returned to the state after he left the White House.

Although there is no law requiring them to do so, most employers in Missouri provide at least six paid holidays to their employees. Many also offer higher rates of pay on holidays to encourage employees to work or they offer them time off at another time during the year.

Missouri recognizes the holidays that have been authorized by the federal government. These holidays include New Year’s Day, Independence Day and Thanksgiving. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated on the following Monday. There is no provision in Missouri law for holidays that fall on Saturday.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
12 FebSunLincoln's Birthday
13 FebMonLincoln's Birthday Holiday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
8 MayMonTruman Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day