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Vermont Public Holidays 2017

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

Vermont celebrates many of the same public holidays as the rest of the country with offices, schools and businesses closed. Employees often question whether an employer is required to pay them for a holiday if the business closes and they are unable to work. Some also wonder if they are entitled to overtime pay if they are required to work on a holiday.

State employees in Vermont receive paid holidays based on the collective bargaining agreement that pertains to their position within the state. There are no laws in Vermont that require employers to pay employees for holidays when the business closes. There are also no laws that require overtime pay if a business is open and an employee must work.

Vermont celebrates all holidays that are recognized by the federal government, including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, state offices celebrate on Friday while Sunday holidays are celebrated on Monday.

State Holidays

Vermont celebrates Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 and Washington’s birthday on the third Monday in February rather than combining both for President’s Day. The first Tuesday of March is Town Meeting Day where citizens meet in about 40 towns across the state to discuss any issue. It also a day set aside to elect local officials, approve budgets and conduct other local business. A “warning” is issued to inform citizens when and where the meeting will be held as well as a list of topics that will be discussed and voted on at the meeting. The third Saturday in June is Juneteenth National Freedom Day, commemorating the abolition of slavery. Bennington Battle Day, celebrated on August 16, commemorates the American victory over the British at the Battle of Bennington in 1777.

Although there are no laws requiring them to do so, many employers in Vermont offer paid holidays as a benefit to employees. Many employers have also added a bank of floating holidays that employees may use in place of other holidays in order to encourage more staff to work on holidays when the business must remain open.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
7 MarTueTown Meeting Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
16 AugWedBennington Battle Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day