Federal Holidays
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Understanding the United States Federal Holiday Calendar

The United States of America Federal Government maintains a list of 10 Federal Holidays. Designated by the United States Congress, these Holidays have wide spread observance and therefore form the basis of the American Business Holiday Calendar.

They are not, however, “National” holidays as some other countries might know it. Congress only has the authority to designate holidays for federal institutions constitutionally. Many States, however, will observe many of these Federal holidays.

These are frequently referred to as ‘work holidays’, ‘public holidays’, or even ‘legal holidays’ due to their prominent observance.

Also, because Banks adhere to same holiday calendar as the federal reserve, banks observe the same Federal holidays listed below. Although, will typically observe Washington’s birthday as the more common President’s Day.

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2017 USA Federal Holiday Calendar [CURRENT]

HolidayDate
New Years DayMonday, January 2nd *
Martin Luther King Jr DayMonday, January 16th
President’s Day (Washington’s Birthday)Monday, February 20th
Memorial DayMonday, May 29th
Independence DayWednesday, July 4th
Labor DayMonday, September 4th
Columbus DayMonday, October 9th
Veteran’s DayMonday, November 10th **
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 23rd
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.

**Veteran’s Day in 2017 lands on a Saturday. This means it is Friday, November 10th that will be observed for pay and leave reasons by Federal employees and most businesses.

2017 USA Federal Holiday Calendar [CURRENT]

HolidayDate
New Years DayMonday, January 2nd *
Martin Luther King Jr DayMonday, January 16th
President’s Day (Washington’s Birthday)Monday, February 20th
Memorial DayMonday, May 29th
Independence DayWednesday, July 4th
Labor DayMonday, September 4th
Columbus DayMonday, October 9th
Veteran’s DayMonday, November 10th **
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 23rd
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.

**Veteran’s Day in 2017 lands on a Saturday. This means it is Friday, November 10th that will be observed for pay and leave reasons by Federal employees and most businesses.

2018 USA Federal Holiday Calendar

HolidayDate
New Years DayMonday, January 1st
Martin Luther King Jr DayMonday, January 15th
President’s Day (Washington’s Birthday)Monday, February 19th
Memorial DayMonday, May 28th
Independence DayWednesday, July 4th
Labor DayMonday, September 3rd
Columbus DayMonday, October 8th
Veteran’s DayMonday, November 12th *
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22nd
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25th

*Veteran’s Day actually falls on a Sunday (also on November 11th) in 2018, so it will be Monday, November 12th that will be the Federal day of observation for Veteran’s Day.

2016 USA Federal Holiday Calendar

HolidayDate
New Years DayMonday, January 1st
Martin Luther King Jr DayMonday, January 18th
President’s Day (Washington’s Birthday)Monday, February 15th
Memorial DayMonday, May 30th
Independence DayWednesday, July 4th
Labor DayMonday, September 5th
Columbus DayMonday, October 10th
Veteran’s DayMonday, November 11th
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 24th
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.

The Unique Exception: Inauguration Day

Most businesses will not have to worry about Inauguration Day, although it is technically an additional 11th Federal US Holiday.

Every 4 years after a presidential election there is Inauguration day on January 20th. Only employees of Washington DC and places in Maryland and Virginia neighboring Washington DC observe this holiday.

Functionally, it is intended to help ease the transitions following the swearing in of a new President or Vice President.

More Than a Disclaimer

As always, consult with a professional tax or legal adviser.  This is for your protection.  Labor laws and even state observed holidays vary greatly from location to location.

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