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Public Holidays

Tennessee Public Holidays 2017

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

Because the federal government stipulates public holidays, Tennessee observes those as legal holidays in that state as well. However, each state is given the ability to create their own legal holidays as well as to determine laws related to holiday pay and time off. This can become confusing for employees who are unclear on whether their employer must pay them when they are required to work on a holiday.

The majority of the legal holidays celebrated in Tennessee are also recognized by the federal government as well as most of the state’s in the country. These include Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday is celebrated on either Friday or Monday, depending on the day of the weekend where the holiday falls.

State Holidays

Tennessee recognizes Good Friday as a holiday. The state also celebrates Washington’s birthday on the third Monday in February. The last Monday in May is known as Decoration Day in some areas of the state rather than Memorial Day. Decoration Day was designed to recognize Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War. Therefore, in Tennessee, it was combined with Memorial Day in order to recognize those who gave their lives in all wars, including those who fought for the Confederacy.

State employees are provided paid holidays when offices are closed. In addition, the law requires state employees be given up to three hours paid time off on election days in order to allow them to vote without reduction in pay. Employees whose work begins three hours after polls open or whose hours end three hours before polls close are not included in the law. Private employers are not required to provide paid holidays to any staff. In addition, they are not required to pay overtime if an employee is required to work on a holiday.

Tennessee employers, like those in many other states, often provide paid holidays to employees as a benefit. Some offer higher rates of pay or compensatory time when an employee must work on a holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Tennessee State Government.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
3 JanTueNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
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
27 DecWedChristmas Holiday