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Holidays

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

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