Rhode Island Federal and State Holidays 2017Today – 19 August 2017 – is not a holiday in Rhode Island.
This page contains a calendar of all 2017 federal and state holidays for Rhode Island. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year Holiday|
|16 Jan||Mon||Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday|
|16 Apr||Sun||Easter Sunday|
|29 May||Mon||Memorial Day|
|4 Jul||Tue||Independence Day|
|14 Aug||Mon||Victory Day|
|4 Sep||Mon||Labor Day|
|9 Oct||Mon||Columbus Day|
|11 Nov||Sat||Veterans Day|
|13 Nov||Mon||Veterans Day Holiday|
|23 Nov||Thu||Thanksgiving Day|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
Visit hr.ri.gov for the official announcement.
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
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 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.
Located some 13 miles south off the coast of mainland Rhode Island, Block Island is a popular getaway spot during the summer.