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Public Holidays

New Hampshire Public Holidays 2017

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

Legal holidays are those recognized by federal or state government. New Hampshire is no exception as they celebrate holidays that are approved by the federal government. On these holidays, offices and businesses may be closed. There is some question by employees regarding whether their employer must pay them for holiday hours if the business closes.

Holiday Law

There is no law in New Hampshire that requires private employers to give employees paid holidays. There is also no law that requires employers to allow time off on a holiday or to pay a premium pay rate if an employee is required to work. However, if an employer promises vacation, even if there is no formal employment contract or bargaining agreement, they must grant time off to employees. Employers must provide employees with notice of all practices and policies dealing with vacation, sick leave or other fringe benefits. Notice may be posted in a place that is accessible to all employees or may be included in a policy manual.

Holidays in New Hampshire

New Hampshire recognizes legal holidays that are acknowledged by the federal government. New Hampshire calls the third Monday in January Civil Rights Day while other states and the federal government celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on that day.

Accrual Method and Termination

There are two unique laws in New Hampshire related to holiday pay. Employers are permitted to create their own system for vacation accrual. The policy must be clear and any vagueness in the policy could be construed as favoring the employee. Vacation days may be used on holidays. If the employer provides paid vacation, New Hampshire law mandates that employers pay employees for accrued vacation they have not taken when they leave employment with the company.

Although private employers are not required to provide paid holidays, many do offer paid days off as a benefit to employers. New Hampshire has very strict vacation accrual laws. Because vacation days may be used on holidays, employers must be very clear in their policies regarding when vacation may be taken throughout the year.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
16 JanMonCivil Rights Day
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