Pro Edition

Virtual TimeClock ®

The easy way to track employee holidays & leave.

Federal Holidays

There are ten annual U.S. federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress1 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.

2017 Federal Holidays
  • Holiday
    Date
    Day
  • New Year's Day
    January 2*
    Monday
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    January 16
    Monday
  • George Washington’s Birthday
    February 20*
    Monday
  • Memorial Day
    May 29
    Monday
  • Independence Day
    July 4
    Tuesday
  • Labor Day
    September 4
    Monday
  • Columbus Day
    October 9
    Monday
  • Veterans Day
    November 10*
    Friday
  • Thanksgiving Day
    November 23
    Thursday
  • Christmas Day
    December 25
    Monday
2018 Federal Holidays
  • Holiday
    Date
    Day
  • New Year's Day
    January 1
    Monday
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    January 15
    Monday
  • George Washington’s Birthday
    February 19*
    Monday
  • Memorial Day
    May 28
    Monday
  • Independence Day
    July 4
    Wednesday
  • Labor Day
    September 3
    Monday
  • Columbus Day
    October 8
    Monday
  • Veterans Day
    November 12**
    Monday
  • Thanksgiving Day
    November 22
    Thursday
  • Christmas Day
    December 25
    Tuesday
Federal Holiday Calendar
  • Holiday
    Official Date
  • 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.

** November 11, 2018 (the legal public holiday for Veterans Day), falls on a Sunday. For most Federal employees, Monday, November 12, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes.

Though not technically accurate, U.S. federal holidays are often referred to as ‘public holidays’ or ‘legal holidays’ because of their wide spread observance. Bank holidays are usually the same as federal holidays since most banks follow the holiday calendar of the U.S. Federal Reserve. They tend to use the modern President’s Day for the observance of George Washington’s Birthday.

1. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has additional information and federal holiday dates for years not listed above.

​Redcort Software Inc. assumes no liability and makes no warranties on or for the information contained on these pages. The information presented is intended for reference only and is neither tax nor legal advice. Consult a professional tax, legal or other advisor to verify this information and determine if and/or how it may apply to your particular situation.