Federal Holidays || List Of Office Holidays And Observances In United States

Federal Holidays in the United States Are Public Holidays which is recognized by the Federal Government and Also Applicable for the Federal Employees. Every year Federal Holidays in USA the non essential federal government offices are closed. and Every Federal Employee is paid for its Federal Holiday. All Federal & National Holidays are Accurate at the time of Publishing but are Subject to change depending on what State you are living in.

This Page Contain the National Calendar of All Federal & National Holidays for the United States. These dates may be modified As official Changes are Announced. So please check regularly for Updates.

Fact About Federal Holidays –

** When a Federal Holiday falls on a Saturday it is usually observed on the Preceding Friday. When the Holiday falls on the Sunday it is usually observed on the Following Monday.

** In addition to the ten annual federal holidays, Inauguration Day is an eleventh holiday designated by Congress for observance every four years on January 20 following a U. S. presidential election. It is only observed by government employees in Washington D.C. and the border counties of Maryland and Virginia. Inauguration Day was created to help relieve the congestion that occurs around Washington D.C. with the events surrounding the swearing-in of the President and Vice President of the United States.

** November 11, 2018 (the legal public holiday for Veterans Day), falls on a Sunday. For most Federal employees, Monday, November 12, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes.

List of Federal Holidays for the United States of the year 2017

  • New Year’s Day is on Sunday, 01 January 2017
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday is on Monday, 16 January 2017
  • President’s Day is on Monday, 20 February 2017
  • Memorial Day is on Monday, 29 May 2017
  • Independence Day USA 2017 is on Tuesday, 04 July 2017
  • Labor Day is on Monday, 04 September 2017
  • Columbus Day is on Monday, 09 October 2017
  • Veterans Day is on Saturday, 11 November 2017
  • Thanksgiving Day is on Thursday, 23 November 2017
  • Christmas Day is on Monday, 25 December 2017

United States Federal Holiday Calender- 

Date Holiday
Monday, January 2* New Year’s Day
Monday, January 16 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 20** Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 29 Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 4 Labor Day
Monday, October 9 Columbus Day
Friday, November 10*** Veterans Day
Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 25 Christmas Day

2017 Federal Holidays-

Date Holiday
Monday, January 2 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 16 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 20 Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 29 Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 4 Labor Day
Monday, October 9 Columbus Day
Friday, November 10 Veterans Day
Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 25 Christmas Day

2018 Federal Holidays-

Date Holiday
Monday, January 1 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 15 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 19 Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 28 Memorial Day
Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 3 Labor Day
Monday, October 8 Columbus Day
Monday, November 12 Veterans Day
Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day
Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day

 

Federal Holidays : Overview-

New Year’s Day – Celebrates beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. Festivities include counting down to 12:00 midnight on the preceding night, New Year’s Eve, often with fireworks display and party. The ball drop at Times Square in New York City has become a national New Year’s festivity. Traditional end of Christmas and holiday season. This occurs around the end of Kwanzaa.

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.- Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights leader, who was actually born on January 15, 1929; combined with other holidays in several states. Some cities and municipalities hold parades; and more recently, the 1994 King Holiday and Service Act, which was passed to encourage Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service, has gained in popularity (sometimes referred to as a National Day of Service).

Washington’s Birthday – Washington’s Birthday was first declared a federal holiday by an 1879 act of Congress. The Uniform Holidays Act, 1968, shifted the date of the commemoration of Washington’s Birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February (between February 15 and 21, meaning the observed holiday never falls on Washington’s actual birthday). Because of this, combined with the fact that President Lincoln’s birthday falls on February 12, many people now refer to this holiday as “Presidents’ Day” and consider it a day honoring all American presidents. However, neither the Uniform Holidays Act nor any subsequent law changed the name of the holiday from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents’ Day. 

Memorial Day – Honors the nation’s war dead from the Civil War onwards; marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season. (traditionally May 30, shifted by the Uniform Holidays Act 1968).

Independence Day – Celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from British rule, also called the Fourth of July. Fireworks celebrations are held in many cities throughout the nation.

Labor Day – One 2012 survey of American adults found that 52% celebrate Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer. A separate nationwide survey of human resource professionals, conducted in 2015, found that 97% of U.S. employees provided a full paid holiday on labor day, but 41% of employers require at least some employees to work on the holiday.

Columbus Day – Honors Christopher Columbus, an explorer of the Americas. In some areas it is also a celebration of Indigenous Peoples, or Italian culture and heritage. (traditionally October 12)

Veterans Day – Honors all veterans of the United States armed forces. It is observed on November 11 to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918 (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect).

Thanksgiving Day – Traditionally celebrates the giving of thanks for the autumn harvest. Traditionally includes the sharing of a turkey dinner.

Christmas Day – The most widely celebrated holiday of the Christian year, Christmas is observed as a commemoration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Commonly celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike with various traditions.

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