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Pennsylvania Public Holidays 2017

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

As the birthplace of the United States, it is no wonder that Pennsylvania celebrates many of the same holidays that the rest of the country celebrates. Like all other states in the country, legislators not only determine legal holidays, but also whether or not an employer is required to provide paid holidays to their employees.

All holidays recognized by the federal government are recognized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well. On holidays such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, office and businesses are closed in order to allow employees to celebrate with friends and family.

Pennsylvania Holidays

In addition to federally recognized holidays, Pennsylvania also recognizes additional holidays throughout the state. Pennsylvania recognizes Flag Day on June 14. The commonwealth celebrates Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 while President’s Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February. Good Friday is also a holiday in Pennsylvania. The state also recognizes General Election Day on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

State employees are entitled to paid holidays on New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. State employees who work on a holiday are entitled to compensatory time off within 90 days of the holiday. If a state employee does not take time off, they are paid at their regular rate for the holiday. There is no law that requires private employers to provide paid time off for employees. However, the law requires employers to inform employees when they are hired if they are entitled to paid holidays. Notification may be given by posting the information in a conspicuous location or through a collective bargaining agreement with copies available to all employees.

Pennsylvania considers holiday pay “wages” under the Wage Payment and Collection Law. Employers that fail to grant paid holidays when they have informed employees that they would could be liable for the amount due.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Pennsylvania 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
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
25 DecMonChristmas Day