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Utah Public Holidays 2017

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

As most of the country does, the people of Utah celebrate many of the same holidays as the federal government. On those days, businesses and offices are closed so that employees can celebrate with friends and family. Many employees question whether an employer must pay them for the holiday if the business is closed or if they must pay overtime if they are open and require staff to report on a holiday.

Utah celebrates holidays that are recognized by the federal government including New Year’s Day, Independence Day and Thanksgiving. If a holiday falls on Sunday, it is celebrated on Monday. If it falls on a Saturday, the holiday is celebrated on Friday. Holidays added by the President of the United States or the governor may also celebrated in Utah.

Utah Holidays

Utah celebrates Washington and Lincoln’s birthday on the third Monday in February, calling it President’s Day. On July 24, Utah celebrates Pioneer Day to commemorate the entry of Brigham Young and the first of the Mormon pioneers to the state.

State employees are given paid days off on holidays. In addition, each state employee is given a Personal Preference Day that may be scheduled in accordance with Department of Human Resources Management rules. There are no laws that require private employers to give paid holidays. Private employers are also not required to pay higher rates of pay if an employee must work on a holiday or to count unworked holiday hours toward overtime pay.

Many employers in Utah, however, do offer paid holidays as a benefit. In addition, many pay higher rates if an employee must work on a holiday or provide an additional day off on another work day to encourage staff to work on holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Utah 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
24 JulMonPioneer Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day