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List of Federal Holidays -

There are eleven Federal Holidays recognized by the United States Government (5 U.S.C. 6103). On these days, all non-essential government employees are off work, and most government offices (including post offices) are closed.

States and private companies are not required to observe federal holidays, but most state and local governments as well as many private businesses are also closed on these days.

When is the next federal holidays?

The next federal holiday is Memorial Day. Memorial Day is 58 days away and will be observed on Monday, May 29, 2023.

2023 / 2024 Federal Holiday Schedule

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Holiday Name Day of Week 2022 Observed Date
New Year's Day FridayDecember 31st, 2021
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.MondayJanuary 17th, 2022
Washington's BirthdayMondayFebruary 21st, 2022
Memorial Day (58 days)MondayMay 30th, 2022
Juneteenth Independence Day MondayJune 20th, 2022
Independence DayMondayJuly 4th, 2022
Labor DayMondaySeptember 5th, 2022
Columbus DayMondayOctober 10th, 2022
Veterans DayFridayNovember 11th, 2022
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 24th, 2022
Christmas Day MondayDecember 26th, 2022
Holiday Name Day of Week 2023 Observed Date
New Year's Day MondayJanuary 2nd, 2023
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.MondayJanuary 16th, 2023
Washington's BirthdayMondayFebruary 20th, 2023
Memorial Day (58 days)MondayMay 29th, 2023
Juneteenth Independence DayMondayJune 19th, 2023
Independence DayTuesdayJuly 4th, 2023
Labor DayMondaySeptember 4th, 2023
Columbus DayMondayOctober 9th, 2023
Veterans Day FridayNovember 10th, 2023
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 23rd, 2023
Christmas DayMondayDecember 25th, 2023
Holiday Name Day of Week 2024 Observed Date
New Year's DayMondayJanuary 1st, 2024
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.MondayJanuary 15th, 2024
Washington's BirthdayMondayFebruary 19th, 2024
Memorial Day (58 days)MondayMay 27th, 2024
Juneteenth Independence DayWednesdayJune 19th, 2024
Independence DayThursdayJuly 4th, 2024
Labor DayMondaySeptember 2nd, 2024
Columbus DayMondayOctober 14th, 2024
Veterans DayMondayNovember 11th, 2024
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 28th, 2024
Christmas DayWednesdayDecember 25th, 2024
Holiday Name Day of Week 2025 Observed Date
New Year's DayWednesdayJanuary 1st, 2025
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.MondayJanuary 20th, 2025
Washington's BirthdayMondayFebruary 17th, 2025
Memorial Day (58 days)MondayMay 26th, 2025
Juneteenth Independence DayThursdayJune 19th, 2025
Independence DayFridayJuly 4th, 2025
Labor DayMondaySeptember 1st, 2025
Columbus DayMondayOctober 13th, 2025
Veterans DayTuesdayNovember 11th, 2025
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 27th, 2025
Christmas DayThursdayDecember 25th, 2025
Holiday Name Day of Week 2026 Observed Date
New Year's DayThursdayJanuary 1st, 2026
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.MondayJanuary 19th, 2026
Washington's BirthdayMondayFebruary 16th, 2026
Memorial Day (58 days)MondayMay 25th, 2026
Juneteenth Independence DayFridayJune 19th, 2026
Independence Day FridayJuly 3rd, 2026
Labor DayMondaySeptember 7th, 2026
Columbus DayMondayOctober 12th, 2026
Veterans DayWednesdayNovember 11th, 2026
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 26th, 2026
Christmas DayFridayDecember 25th, 2026
Holiday Name Day of Week 2027 Observed Date
New Year's DayFridayJanuary 1st, 2027
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.MondayJanuary 18th, 2027
Washington's BirthdayMondayFebruary 15th, 2027
Memorial Day (58 days)MondayMay 31st, 2027
Juneteenth Independence Day FridayJune 18th, 2027
Independence Day MondayJuly 5th, 2027
Labor DayMondaySeptember 6th, 2027
Columbus DayMondayOctober 11th, 2027
Veterans DayThursdayNovember 11th, 2027
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 25th, 2027
Christmas Day FridayDecember 24th, 2027
Holiday Name Day of Week 2028 Observed Date
New Year's Day FridayDecember 31st, 2027
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.MondayJanuary 17th, 2028
Washington's BirthdayMondayFebruary 21st, 2028
Memorial Day (58 days)MondayMay 29th, 2028
Juneteenth Independence DayMondayJune 19th, 2028
Independence DayTuesdayJuly 4th, 2028
Labor DayMondaySeptember 4th, 2028
Columbus DayMondayOctober 9th, 2028
Veterans Day FridayNovember 10th, 2028
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 23rd, 2028
Christmas DayMondayDecember 25th, 2028

† When a holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday, most employees observed the holiday on the previous Friday or following Monday, respectively (5 U.S.C. 6103(b) and Executive Order 11582 3(a)).

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Federal Holiday FAQ

What are all the federal holidays?

There are eleven (11) federal holidays.

  1. New Year's Day - January 1st
  2. Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Third Monday of January
  3. Washington's Birthday - Third Monday of February
  4. Memorial Day - Last Monday of May
  5. Juneteenth - June 19th
  6. Independence Day - July 4th
  7. Labor day - First Monday of September
  8. Columbus Day - Second Monday of October
  9. Veterans Day - November 11th
  10. Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday of November
  11. Christmas Day - December 25th

Is the post office closed on federal holidays?

The Postal Service is part of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. That means USPS is required to observe all federal holidays. All post offices will be closed, and mail will not be delivered on MLK Day, President's Day, Columbus Day, and all other federal holidays.

If New Year's Day falls on a Saturday, the preceding day will be observed as a federal holiday. This will occur on January 1st, 2022. That year January will only have one holiday and the preceding December will have a holiday on December 31st, 2021. In 2023, January 1st is a Sunday so the holiday will be observed on January 2nd.

When did Juneteenth become a federal holiday?

Juneteenth became a federal holiday in June 2021. As part of America's racial reckoning, which included removal statues of Confederate soldiers and movements such as Black Lives Matter, Congress passed the "Juneteenth National Independence Day Act" which made June 19th a federal holiday. This holiday commemorates the day when the last African America slaves in the United States were informed of their freedom in 1865.

If New Year's Day falls on a Saturday, the preceding day will be observed as a federal holiday. This will occur on January 1st, 2022. That year January will only have one holiday and the preceding December will have a holiday on December 31st, 2021. In 2023, January 1st is a Sunday so the holiday will be observed on January 2nd.

Can federal employees receive paid leave for Religious Holidays?

Federal employees are permitted to modify their work schedules to accommodate religious observances that require one to abstain from work during regular working hours. Common examples of this are Jewish employees taking off for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur or Muslim employees taking off work for Eid Ul-Fitr.

When an employee takes off work for a religious observance, they are required to make up the time or take personal leave. The hours worked in lieu of regular working schedule may not entitle the employee to premium pay (for working on a weekend or overtime).

Employees are required to provide a written request for schedule adjustment. The request must state the schedule adjustment is for a religious holiday and must state when the time will be made up. Supervisors are required to approve religious leave unless the adjusted schedule would "interfere with the efficient accomplishment of the agency's mission."

Note: Federal holidays are supposed to be non-religious. Christmas is the only federal holiday directly related to a religion. There have been objections to this in the past, but changes are unlikely.

Yes, if a federal employee is regularly scheduled to work on a federal holiday, then they receive paid time off. If an employee is deemed "essential" and cannot take off for a holiday they will receive premium pay. Military personnel are paid by salary and get paid the same amount whether they work 365 days per year or 2.

Are all federal employees off work on federal holidays?

All non-essential employees are off on federal holidays. It is up to an employee's supervisor to determine if a position is essential. Essential personnel will receive premium pay during the holiday plus a future day of administrative leave.

Are armed forces off for federal holidays?

The schedule for military personnel varies by unit. Soldiers should always confirm with their local chain of command whether they have a federal or training holiday. Holidays are not guaranteed. Military personnel are paid the same whether they work 365 days per year or 2.

What is "early release" before federal holidays?

Supervisors may authorize an early release or late open due to weather, emergency situations, or before holidays. Early releases or late opens vary by location and are not government-wide or agency-wide like federal holidays.

Which Days are Federal Holidays?

Is Inauguration Day a Federal Holiday?

On Inauguration Day, federal employees who work in Washington, D.C.; Montgomery County, MD; Prince George's County, MD; Arlington County, VA; Fairfax County, VA; Arlington City, VA; or Fairfax City, VA, and who are regularly schedules to work that day receive paid administrative leave (5 U.S.C. 6103(c)).

Inauguration day is January 20th each fourth year (2013, 2017, 2021, 2025, etc). January 20, 2013 was a Sunday so no one received a paid time off then.

Is the day after Thanksgiving a Federal Holiday?

No, the day after Thanksgiving (often called Black Friday) is not a federal holiday. Federal employees must use accrued personal time to take off the day after thanksgiving if they wish to be off work. Note: The New York Stock Exchange observes an abbreviated day of trading on the day after Thanksgiving, closing at 1:30pm instead of 4:00pm as normal.

Is Good Friday a Federal Holiday?

No, Good Friday and Easter Monday are not Federal Holidays. All federal holidays are non-religious (other than Christmas Day). Note: The New York Stock Exchange is closed for trading on Good Friday.

Is the day before Christmas a Federal Holiday?

When Christmas falls on a Tuesday it is common for the president to issue an executive order giving federal employees paid administrative leave on the Monday before (Christmas Eve). President Trump did this on December 24, 2018.

President George W. Bush did this in 2001 and 2007. President Barack Obama did the same in 2012. In 2014, Christmas was on a Thursday and President Obama gave federal employees off on Friday, December 26th, the day after Christmas.

On Thursday, December 24, 2020, President Trump declared a federal holiday. In President Trumps remarks he made it sound like Christmas Eve was permanently a federal holiday. That is not the case. Only for 2020 was it a holiday. Trump's remarks also made it sound like he was the first president to declare Christmas Eve a holiday. This is also untrue. George W. Bush and Barack Obama did the same thing.

Is it a holiday when a president dies?

Most federal employees are off work when the president declares a National Day of Mourning. This has happened every time a sitting or past president has died since the 1950s. On a National Day of Morning federal employees will receive paid leave.

Essential personal still have to work but they will receive premium pay (x1.5) plus a future day of administrative leave. The Post Office will also be closed on a National Day of Morning.

At the time of writing this, the living former presidents are Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. The last president to pass away was George H.W. Bush. He died on November 30, 2018 and a National Day of Mourning was observed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Federal Holidays By Month

What federal holidays are in January?

There are two federal holidays in January:

  • New Year's Day (January 1st)
  • Washington's Birthday (Third Monday of January)

What federal holidays are in April?

There are no federal holidays in April. The longest gap without a federal holiday is between Washington's Birthday in February until Memorial Day at the end of May. This is just over 3 months between holidays.

What federal holidays are in October?

There is just one federal holiday in October: Columbus Day. Columbus Day is on the second Monday of October which falls between October 8th and October 14th.

This holiday honors Christopher Columbus. Some places in the U.S. this holiday is instead used to celebrate Indigenous Peoples. Columbus Day is one of the two federal holidays on which the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) does not close.

What federal holidays are in November?

There are two federal holidays in November:

  • Veterans Day (November 11th)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday of November)

What federal holidays are in December?

December has just one federal holiday: Christmas Day. This is the only federal holiday with any religious affiliation and therefore has been contentious.

In years when January 1st (New Year's Day) is on a Saturday, the holiday is observed on the preceding day (December 31st). As a result, December 2021 will have two federal holidays.

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