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Washington Public Holidays 2017

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

The state of Washington recognizes holidays that are celebrated throughout the country as they are federally recognized. Because each state makes its own laws regarding holiday pay, employees may not be aware what is required of employers when it comes to holiday pay or whether they are entitled to overtime if they work on a holiday.

Washington Holiday Laws

In Washington, state offices are closed for public holidays and employees are paid for the time off. There is no law that requires private employers to provide paid holidays or to pay a higher rate of pay if an employee is required to work on a holiday. If the workforce of a company is unionized, the collective bargaining agreement should include information about paid holidays. Without a collective bargaining agreement, employers are free to set their own policies related to holiday pay.

Holidays that are recognized by the federal government are also recognized in Washington. These include Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. When a legal holiday falls on Sunday, it is observed on Monday while legal holidays falling on Saturday are celebrated on Friday.

State Holidays

On the Friday immediately following the fourth Thursday in November, Washington celebrates Native American Heritage Day. The holiday is designed to recognize the contributions of Native American’s in the United States throughout history. State employees who are not employed by a school district are entitled to one additional paid holiday that may be taken at the time of their choosing. State employees including school district employees are also provided with two unpaid holidays per year for religious holidays. The employer must allow employees religious leave on the requested dates unless it would present a serious, undue hardship on the employer or it would impede public safety.

Although there is no law requiring them to do so, most employers in Washington provide paid holidays to employees while some pay premium pay rates on holidays to encourage employees to work on those days.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Washington 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
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
25 DecMonChristmas Day