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There are ten 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 Veterans Day. Veterans Day is 19 days away and will be observed on Monday, November 11, 2019.

2019 / 2020 Federal Holiday Schedule

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Holiday Name Day of Week 2018 Observed Date
New Year's DayMondayJanuary 1st, 2018
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.MondayJanuary 15th, 2018
Washington's Birthday (President's Day)MondayFebruary 19th, 2018
Memorial DayMondayMay 28th, 2018
Independence DayWednesdayJuly 4th, 2018
Labor DayMondaySeptember 3rd, 2018
Columbus DayMondayOctober 8th, 2018
Veterans Day (19 days)MondayNovember 12th, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 22nd, 2018
Christmas DayTuesdayDecember 25th, 2018
Holiday Name Day of Week 2019 Observed Date
New Year's DayTuesdayJanuary 1st, 2019
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.MondayJanuary 21st, 2019
Washington's Birthday (President's Day)MondayFebruary 18th, 2019
Memorial DayMondayMay 27th, 2019
Independence DayThursdayJuly 4th, 2019
Labor DayMondaySeptember 2nd, 2019
Columbus DayMondayOctober 14th, 2019
Veterans Day (19 days)MondayNovember 11th, 2019
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 28th, 2019
Christmas DayWednesdayDecember 25th, 2019
Holiday Name Day of Week 2020 Observed Date
New Year's DayWednesdayJanuary 1st, 2020
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.MondayJanuary 20th, 2020
Washington's Birthday (President's Day)MondayFebruary 17th, 2020
Memorial DayMondayMay 25th, 2020
Independence Day FridayJuly 3rd, 2020
Labor DayMondaySeptember 7th, 2020
Columbus DayMondayOctober 12th, 2020
Veterans Day (19 days)WednesdayNovember 11th, 2020
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 26th, 2020
Christmas DayFridayDecember 25th, 2020
Holiday Name Day of Week 2021 Observed Date
New Year's DayFridayJanuary 1st, 2021
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.MondayJanuary 18th, 2021
Washington's Birthday (President's Day)MondayFebruary 15th, 2021
Memorial DayMondayMay 31st, 2021
Independence Day MondayJuly 5th, 2021
Labor DayMondaySeptember 6th, 2021
Columbus DayMondayOctober 11th, 2021
Veterans Day (19 days)ThursdayNovember 11th, 2021
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 25th, 2021
Christmas Day FridayDecember 24th, 2021
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 Birthday (President's Day)MondayFebruary 21st, 2022
Memorial DayMondayMay 30th, 2022
Independence DayMondayJuly 4th, 2022
Labor DayMondaySeptember 5th, 2022
Columbus DayMondayOctober 10th, 2022
Veterans Day (19 days)FridayNovember 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 Birthday (President's Day)MondayFebruary 20th, 2023
Memorial DayMondayMay 29th, 2023
Independence DayTuesdayJuly 4th, 2023
Labor DayMondaySeptember 4th, 2023
Columbus DayMondayOctober 9th, 2023
Veterans Day (19 days)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 Birthday (President's Day)MondayFebruary 19th, 2024
Memorial DayMondayMay 27th, 2024
Independence DayThursdayJuly 4th, 2024
Labor DayMondaySeptember 2nd, 2024
Columbus DayMondayOctober 14th, 2024
Veterans Day (19 days)MondayNovember 11th, 2024
Thanksgiving DayThursdayNovember 28th, 2024
Christmas DayWednesdayDecember 25th, 2024

† 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 ten (10) 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 January
  5. Independence Day - July 4th
  6. Labor day - First Monday of September
  7. Columbus Day - Second Monday of October
  8. Veterans Day - November 11th
  9. Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday of November
  10. 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 close 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.

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 employees 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 during a federal holiday period then they get paid leave. If an employee is deem "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 for an early release or late open due to weather, emergency situations, or before holidays. Early release or late opens vary location and are not government-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 holiday then. (Thanks, Obama)

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.

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 in November 30, 2018 and a National Day of Mourning was observed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Federal Holiday 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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