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Texas Public Holidays 2017

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

Holidays in Texas are similar to those celebrated throughout the country. On legal holidays, offices and businesses are closed so that employees can enjoy time with family and friends. However, because each state sets their own laws related to holiday pay, employees sometimes are unclear on whether their employer must pay them when they close for holidays or if they are required to pay overtime if the business remains open.

Texas recognizes the same holidays as the federal government, including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. If some of the holidays fall on a weekend, they may be celebrated on either Friday or Monday, depending on the day of the weekend the holiday falls. On these holidays, public and state offices are closed throughout the state.

Texas Holidays

Texas celebrates many holidays that are specific to their state. On January 19, Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day which commemorates those who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. On March 2, Texas celebrates Texas Independence Day which marks the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836. On April 21, Texans celebrates San Jacinto Day, recognizing the final battle for the state’s independence.

Emancipation Day is celebrated in the state on June 19 as the day slavery is abolished in 1865. Lyndon Baines Johnson Day is celebrated on August 27 to honor the 36th President of the United States who was born in Texas. The day before and after Christmas as well as the day after Thanksgiving are also recognized as holidays in Texas.

State employees are given paid leave on recognized federal holidays. On state holidays, except the day after Thanksgiving, December 24 and December 26, there must be enough state employees working in state offices so that public business may be conducted. Employees who choose to work that day are given another day off as compensation. State employees are also able to take off on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur or Good Friday in place of any other observed holiday. There are no laws requiring private employers to provide paid holidays to employees. Employers are also not required to pay a higher rate of pay if an employee works on a holiday or provide compensatory time on another day if the employee works.

Although the state law does not require employers to do so, many offer paid holidays to employees as a benefit. For those that must remain open on holidays, many employers do offer higher rates of pay or compensatory time for employees who work on the holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
19 JanThuConfederate Heroes Day
20 FebMonPresident's Day
2 MarThuTexas Independence Day
31 MarFriCésar Chávez Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprFriSan Jacinto Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
19 JunMonEmancipation Day / Juneteenth
4 JulTueIndependence Day
27 AugSunLyndon B. Johnson Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueChristmas Holiday