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Oklahoma Public Holidays 2017

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

Like the rest of the country, Oklahoma citizens celebrate many public holidays throughout the year. On these days, offices and businesses are closed to allow employees to enjoy time with friends and family. Oklahoma legislature determines the laws related to holiday pay in the state, making it sometimes difficult for employees to understand if they must be paid for a holiday when their company is closed.

Oklahoma recognizes the same holidays that the federal government celebrates, including Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. If a holiday falls on a weekend, the holiday is celebrated either the day before or the day after, depending on which day of the week the holiday falls.

State Holidays

Oklahoma law states that each Saturday and Sunday are considered holidays. In addition, if Christmas falls on a Tuesday, the day before is celebrated as a holiday. If it falls on Thursday, the day after Christmas is also a holiday. Oklahoma also combines Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays on the third Monday in February, celebrating the holiday as President’s Day.

State employees are provided paid holidays. If a state employee is required to work on a holiday, they are entitled to a paid day off on an alternative date or they may request to be paid for the holiday. There are no laws in Oklahoma that require a private employer to offer paid holidays, nor are they required to pay a higher rate of pay if an employee is required to work on a holiday or to give time off at another time if the employee is required to work.

Despite the fact that no law exists requiring such a benefit, many employers do provide paid holidays to employees in Oklahoma. Some may also offer premium pay to encourage employees to work on a holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Oklahoma 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
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueChristmas Holiday