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New Mexico Public Holidays 2017

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

Many people are under the impression that employers are required to offer paid holidays, especially if the business closes on the holiday. The fact is that each state sets its own laws regarding holiday pay and New Mexico is no exception.

New Mexico celebrates the same holidays that are recognized by the federal government. Offices and businesses are closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day along with other holidays that the rest of the country celebrates. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated on the following Monday.

State agencies and offices are closed on legal holidays and employees are given the days off with pay. Private employers are not required to pay employees for holidays even if the business closes. If the business remains open, the employer does not have to pay a higher rate of pay to employees who are required to work and does not have to offer the employee other days off to make up for working on a holiday.

New Mexico Holidays

New Mexico does not have holidays that are different from the federal government. However, many areas of the state refer to Veteran’s Day as Armistice Day. Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays are combined and known as President’s Day which is celebrated on the third Monday in February. Columbus Day in New Mexico is celebrated on the second Monday in October.

Although there is no requirement to do so, many New Mexico businesses do offer employees paid holidays. In order to encourage employees to work on a holiday when a business must remain open, many employers also offer higher pay rates on holidays or allow the employee to take a day off at another time during the year. In most cases, employees at private businesses are given at least six paid holidays each year.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriPresident's Day Holiday
25 DecMonChristmas Day