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Public Holidays

South Dakota Public Holidays 2017

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

The federal government approves many of the holidays that are celebrated throughout the country, although states are permitted to establish their own legal holidays as well. South Dakota is no exception. The state is also permitted to create their own laws related to holiday pay and overtime for holiday work which can be confusing to most employees.

South Dakota Holidays

South Dakota recognizes Native American Day on the second Monday in October as a legal holiday. On this holiday, South Dakotans focus on the culture, traditions and background of Native American people. The holiday replaces Columbus Day in the state. In addition, the state combines Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays on the third Monday in February, celebrating it as President’s Day. The governor, as well as the President of the United States, may authorize additional holidays in South Dakota.

South Dakota also recognizes the same public holidays as the federal government, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. If New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day or Christmas fall on a Sunday, it is observed on Monday. If those holidays fall on a Saturday, they are celebrated on Friday.

Holiday Pay

When state offices are closed due to a holiday, state employees are entitled to paid days off as well. There is no law in South Dakota that requires private employers to offer paid holidays to any employees. In addition, private employers are not required to pay a premium rate of pay if an employee is required to work on a holiday nor are they required to offer compensatory time when an employee must work on a holiday.

Although there is no law requiring employers to pay higher rates of pay if an employee must work on a holiday or to pay for holidays when the business is closed, many throughout South Dakota offer at least seven paid holidays to employees.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the South Dakota 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 OctMonNative American Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day