Federal Holiday Calendar

There are ten annual U.S. federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. Unlike many other countries, there are no 'national holidays' in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has additional information and federal holiday dates not listed here.

  • New Year's Day
    January 1
  • Inauguration Day
    January 20*
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Third Monday in January
  • George Washington's Birthday
    Third Monday in February
  • Memorial Day
    Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day
    July 4
  • Labor Day
    First Monday in September
  • Columbus Day
    Second Monday in October
  • Veterans Day
    November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day
    4th Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day
    December 25

* When a federal holiday falls on a Saturday, it is usually observed on the preceding Friday. When the holiday falls on a 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.

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