Federal law, 5 U.S.C. § 6103, establishes the following legal holidays for Federal employees.
- When a holiday falls on a Saturday, the holiday is usually observed on the Friday immediately before.
- When a holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday is usually observed on the Monday immediately following.
- Though other names may be used for holidays, such as Presidents’ Day rather than Washington’s Birthday, the holiday names designated in the law are used to specify legal holidays for Federal employees.
|New Year’s Day||January 1|
|Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.||The third Monday in January|
|Washington’s Birthday||The third Monday in February|
|Memorial Day||The last Monday in May|
|Independence Day||July 4|
|Labor Day||The first Monday in September|
|Columbus Day||The second Monday in October|
|Veterans Day||November 11|
|Thanksgiving Day||The fourth Thursday in November|
|Christmas Day||December 25|