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Public Holidays

West Virginia Public Holidays 2017

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

People in West Virginia, like the rest of the country, enjoy spending holidays with their families and friends. Because most businesses and offices are closed on public holidays, the ability to spend those days celebrating is much easier. However, because each state determines whether employees must be paid for holidays or if an employee is entitled to overtime if they must work on a holiday, employees may be confused what the law actually says.

Holiday Pay

State offices are closed on holidays and state employees are paid for the time off. There is no law that requires private employers to offer paid holidays to employees. There are also no laws that require an employer to pay overtime if an employee is required to work on a holiday. Federal law requires that anyone who works more than 40 hours in one week must be paid overtime for the hours worked over 40. However, there is no law that requires an employer to count unworked holiday hours when computing overtime.

West Virginia celebrates most federally recognized holidays including Independence Day, Labor Day and Memorial Day. The governor or the President of the United States may proclaim additional holidays throughout the year as well. Holidays that are not designated for a specific day of the week that fall on Saturday are celebrated on Friday while those that fall on Sunday are celebrated on Monday.

West Virginia Holidays

West Virginia celebrates the third Monday in February as President’s Day. On June 20, citizens of West Virginia celebrate West Virginia Day. The holiday celebrates the creation of West Virginia when several northwestern counties of Virginia seceded from the country during the American Civil War. Lincoln’s birthday is celebrated on the Friday after Thanksgiving rather than in February in West Virginia.

As a benefit to employees, most employers do offer paid holidays. Many also offer premium pay or additional days off during the year if an employee is required to work on a holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the West Virginia 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
20 JunTueWest Virginia Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
25 DecMonChristmas Day