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Public Holidays

Wyoming Public Holidays 2017

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

Like the rest of the country, Wyoming celebrates many federally recognized holidays. On these days, schools, offices and businesses are closed. This leaves some employees wondering if their employer must pay them for the hours they do not work on a holiday because the business is closed or if the employer must pay higher rates of pay if the business is open on a holiday.

Wyoming celebrates nine holidays, all of which are recognized by the federal government. In addition, the governor or the President of the United States may declare additional holidays. If New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Christmas or Veteran’s Day falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated on Monday. If those holidays fall on a Saturday, they are celebrated on Friday.

State offices are closed on holidays and state employees given paid leave. Private employers are not required to give employees paid holidays. In addition, a private employer is not required to pay higher rates of pay if an employee is required to work on a holiday. Federal law requires that any employee who works more than 40 hours in one week be paid overtime for any hours over 40, but the employer does not have to include unworked holiday hours when computing overtime pay.

State Holidays

The third Monday in January is celebrated as both Martin Luther King Jr Day and Wyoming Equality Day. Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays are combined with celebrations held on the third Monday in February. Cheyenne, Wyoming, also celebrates Frontier Days in July as a way to celebrate the town’s Old West roots. A large festival is held and although not all business close, many do to allow citizens to celebrate and enjoy the festivities.

Wyoming does not require private employers to provide paid holidays or to offer higher rates of pay to employees who must work on holidays. However, many employers offer either paid holidays or premium pay as a benefit to their staff.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Wyoming 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
25 DecMonChristmas Day