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Public Holidays

Montana Public Holidays 2017

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

Montana celebrates the same holidays as the federal government. Like other states, Montana legislature is permitted to authorize additional holidays and to establish laws related to holiday pay or time off. Because each state is different when it comes to holiday laws, it can be difficult to know if employees are entitled to paid holidays.

Montana recognizes federal holidays including Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated the following day. In addition, the state has determined that all Sundays are a legal holiday.

Payment for Holidays

State offices are closed on legal holidays and government employees are entitled to those days as paid days off. Full-time state employees who are already scheduled for a day off on a holiday may receive the day before or any day after the holiday as a paid day off, except for non-teaching school employees. This law applies to state offices that are open seven days per week, such as prisons, hospitals or public safety agencies. Part-time state employees receive pay for a holiday on a prorated basis. Private employers are not required to provide employees with paid time off nor must they pay a premium rate of pay if employees are required to work on a holiday.

Montana State Holidays

During even-numbered years, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November is declared a holiday for the General Election in Montana. Offices and some businesses are closed to allow employees the opportunity to vote. The third Monday in February is celebrated as President’s Day, combining Lincoln and Washington’s birthday into one holiday.

Montana law does not require any private employer to provide paid holidays to any employee. However, most employers allow at least six paid holidays to employees as a benefit. Some also offer higher rates of pay on holidays or time off at another time of the year to encourage employees to work on holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

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