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Virginia Public Holidays 2017

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

Because each state sets their own laws related to holiday pay, many employees are unsure whether their employer is required to pay them overtime if they work on a holiday or if they are required to pay them if the business is closed and they do not work. Virginia, which celebrates holidays determined by the federal government, also has the right to add additional holidays to their calendar each year.

Virginia State Holidays

Virginia celebrates Lee-Jackson Day on the Friday preceding the first Monday in January in honor of Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson and Robert E. Lee, both generals of the Confederate Army. The third Monday in February is celebrated as George Washington Day. The second Monday of October is celebrated as both Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day. The Battle of Yorktown as a turning point in the United States’ fight for freedom from the British. Virginia also recognizes the Friday after Thanksgiving as a holiday.

State agencies are required to be closed on legal holidays and employees of state government are given paid days off on those days. Private employers are not required to offer paid holidays or to pay a higher rate of pay if an employee works on a holiday. Under federal law, an employer must pay overtime when an employee works more than 40 hours in one week, but they do not have to count unworked holiday hours towards overtime hours.

Federally Recognized Holidays

In addition to those recognized by the state, Virginia also celebrates holidays recognized by the federal government. These include Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is celebrated on Friday and a holiday on Sunday is celebrated on Monday.

Virginia’s private employer often offer paid holidays to employees. Those that must remain open often pay a higher pay rate on a holiday or allow employees to take other days off during the year when they are required to work on a holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

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

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
13 JanFriLee-Jackson Day
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
3 JulMonIndependence Day Holiday
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
22 NovWedThanksgiving Holiday
(1/2 day)
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
22 DecFriChristmas Eve Holiday
(1/2 day)
25 DecMonChristmas Day