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2017 Federal and Business Holidays

Happy 2017! January is often a time of anticipation, looking forward to the opportunities of the New Year. Perhaps you are updating the 2017 holidays on your company calendar. Maybe you are scheduling employee holidays for a new benefit year.

Most federal and business holidays fall during the workweek in 2017. However, there are a few holidays that fall on Saturday or Sunday. When holidays fall on the weekend, companies usually observe the holiday on the closest weekday. For example, since New Year's Day fell on a Sunday, most businesses observed the holiday on Monday January 2, 2017, giving millions of workers across the United States a three day weekend.
 
Below are some holidays in particular to pay attention to in 2017:
 
  • January 20  Inauguration Day of president elect Donald Trump. Inauguration Day is observed every four years following a presidential election. It is federal holiday designated by Congress for government employees in Washington D.C. as well as the border counties in Maryland and Virginia.
 
  • July 4  - American Independence Day. This year the holiday falls on a Tuesday, so your employees may ask to take Monday off to extend their celebrations.
 
  • November 11 - Veterans Day. This year the holiday falls on a Saturday and will be observed as a federal holiday on Friday November 10th. While not observed by most businesses, banks and most government offices will be closed.
 
  • December 25 - Christmas Day falls on a Monday, providing a three day holiday weekend for most businesses in the United States. 
For details on other holidays, we've published Federal Holidays and US Business Holidays calendars for 2016 and 2017.