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U.S. Business Holidays

While businesses in the United States are not legally required to observe national, state, or religious holidays, the vast majority of U.S. businesses observe the following seven holidays, usually following the federal holiday calendar.

2017 Holiday Calendar
  • Holiday
    Date
    Day
  • New Year's Day
    January 2*
    Monday
  • Memorial Day
    May 29
    Monday
  • Independence Day
    July 4
    Tuesday
  • Labor Day
    September 4
    Monday
  • Thanksgiving Day
    November 23
    Thursday
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
    November 24
    Friday
  • Christmas Day
    December 25
    Monday
2018 Holiday Calendar
  • Holiday
    Date
    Day
  • New Year's Day
    January 1
    Monday
  • Memorial Day
    May 28
    Monday
  • Independence Day
    July 4
    Wednesday
  • Labor Day
    September 3
    Monday
  • Thanksgiving Day
    November 22
    Thursday
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
    November 23
    Friday
  • Christmas Day
    December 25
    Tuesday

* 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.

** 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.

​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.

Some employers in the U.S. create additional employee holidays, such as a floating holiday or the employee’s birthday.

Businesses may also observe one or more of the following holidays based on industry, custom, or tradition:

  • New Year’s Eve
  • Presidents Day
  • Easter
  • Columbus Day
  • The Friday after Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve