Business Holidays
For 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 in the USA

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Understanding a Bit More About US Business Holidays

The key to understanding business holidays in the united states is that they are inspired by the US Federal Government’s holiday calendar; but are not the same list.

For instance Black Friday is a common holiday many businesses adhere to, but Federal agencies do not. With the exception of Black Friday in fact (The Friday following Thanksgiving), all of the following traditional US business holidays are also found on the Federal Holiday Calendar.

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2017 USA Business Holiday Calendar [CURRENT]

HolidayDate
New Years DayMonday, January 2nd *
Memorial DayMonday, May 29th
Independence DayWednesday, July 4th
Labor DayMonday, September 4th
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 23rd
Black FridayFriday, November 24th
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25th

*In 2017, New Years fell on a Sunday. So for pay and leave reasons, it is the 2nd that will be treated as the Federal observation day.

2019 USA Business Holiday Calendar

HolidayDate
New Years DayMonday, January 1st
Memorial DayMonday, May 27th
Independence DayWednesday, July 4th
Labor DayMonday, September 2nd
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22nd
Black FridayFriday, November 28th
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25th

2018 USA Business Holiday Calendar

HolidayDate
New Years DayMonday, January 1st
Memorial DayMonday, May 28th
Independence DayWednesday, July 4th
Labor DayMonday, September 3rd
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22nd
Black FridayFriday, November 23rd
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25th

2016 USA Business Holiday Calendar

HolidayDate
New Years DayMonday, January 1st
Memorial DayMonday, May 30th
Independence DayWednesday, July 4th
Labor DayMonday, September 5th
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 24th
Black FridayFriday, November 25th
Christmas DayTuesday, December 26th *

*Christmas in 2016 is on a Sunday. As standard, the Federal government will use the following Monday as its day of observation regarding pay and leave purposes.

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State Holidays and Other Exceptions

Also depending on the specific areas you find yourself in, you may find that other holidays are, or are not, observed in your area. Such as:

  • Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • President’s Day
  • Easter Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • New Years Eve

Floating and Employee Holidays

Many businesses across the United States will also create floating holidays or holidays for employee birthdays.  Consult with a professional legal or tax adviser for specific legal information in your state or location.  Time Clock Wizard assumes no liability for the use of any information contained in these pages.

4 Simple Tricks to Help Plan for Employee Holidays and Vacation Requests

1. Know Your Slow Periods and Make the Most of Them

Especially if your business is a seasonal one, it may be a good idea to implement a policy that requires employees to use at least some of their vacation time during the slow months.  Conversely it may also be prudent to consider limiting the use of vacation time during the busy periods.

2. Handle Multiple Time Off Requests with a Policy

Plan ahead for those times when multiple employees will be submitting time off requests during various business holidays.  Many businesses will simply go with a standard FIFO order. First In First Out.  The first employee to submit the requests gets priority for example.  There are many different approaches, but choose one ahead of time to avoid conflicts if at all possible.

3. Discuss Holidays During Hiring and On-boarding

Have the Holiday conversation with employees as early as possible.  Inform them of the seasonal demands the business faces.  As well as such critical items such as the above mentioned restrictions on certain holidays being used as vacation time.

4. Avoid Employee Stress by Planning Responsibilities

Do not allocate too many responsibilities to a single employee because someone has gone on vacation. Ensure to spread the responsibilities out so that no single person is taking on the majority of the missing person’s workload.  Also be certain that everyone involved has access to all resources they will need ahead of time.

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