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New York Public Holidays 2017

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

New York celebrates many of the same holidays that the rest of the country celebrates with offices and businesses closed so employees can enjoy the day with family and friends. However, it may be confusing to some employees to know whether their employer is required to pay them for a holiday or if they must be given time off for a holiday even if the business is open.

New York celebrates all federal holidays that are recognized by the federal government including Independence Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed the following Monday. On these holidays, many businesses and offices are closed.

New York Holidays

In addition to federal holidays, New York also celebrates holidays that are unique to the state. New York celebrates Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 and Washington’s birthday on the third Monday in February rather than combining the two as President’s Day. New York also celebrates Flag Day on the second Sunday in June. Flag Day is the only holiday that is not moved to Monday.

State employees are entitled to holiday pay when offices are closed for a legal holiday. Private employers are not required to provide paid holidays. There are no laws that require a business to close on a holiday and, if they do close, they are not required to pay staff for the hours not worked. When a private business is open, they are not required to pay employees a higher rate of pay on a holiday. If the employee works over 40 hours in one week, per federal law, the employer is required to pay overtime for any hours worked over 40, but the employer does not have to count holiday hours that the employee does not work toward overtime.

Although there are no laws in place to require employers to offer paid holidays or to pay a higher rate of pay when an employee works on a holiday, many employers in New York offer both higher pay rates and paid holidays to employees as a benefit.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the New York 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
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