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Rhode Island
Public Holidays

Rhode Island Public Holidays 2017

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

Rhode Island, like every other state in the country, recognizes holidays that are acknowledged by the federal government. Also like other states, Rhode Island legislators create regulations and laws related to whether employees must be paid for holidays or if they must receive overtime pay if they work on a holiday.

Rhode Island Holidays

In addition to federal holidays, Rhode Island also recognizes Rhode Island Independence Day on May 4 as well as Victory Day on the second Monday in August. Victory Day marks the anniversary of victory over Japan during World War II. Rhode Island Independence Day celebrates the anniversary of the state’s General Assembly’s passage of an act that declared it an independent state in 1776. The state also acknowledges General Election Day as a holiday on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November during even years. Rhode Island celebrates the third Monday in February as Washington’s birthday.

Rhode Island celebrates the same holidays that are recognized by the federal government, including Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day and Labor Day. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is celebrated on Friday. If it falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated on Monday. This includes holidays unique to the state.

Holiday Pay

Under Rhode Island law, employees who work on Sunday or a holiday must be paid at least one-and-one-half their regular rate of pay. An employee may not be terminated for refusing to work on a Sunday or holiday nor may they be penalized in any manner. The holidays included under the law are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Exemptions to this law include industries that must remain open due to the nature of their business including physicians, dentists, health care workers, restaurants, hotels and others. Manufacturers that operate three shifts or begin their workweek on a Sunday may begin the week at 11 PM on Sunday and are not required to pay overtime for hours worked from that point.

Rhode Island is one of only a few states that requires an employer to pay a higher rate of pay on a holiday. However, employers are not required to pay holiday pay if the business is closed on a holiday and the employee does not work.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Rhode Island 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
14 AugMonVictory Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
13 NovMonVeterans' Day Holiday
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day