Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) establishes the following public holidays for Federal employees. Please note that most Federal employees work on a Monday-through-Friday schedule. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonworkday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).
|Date Observed||Federal Holiday||Notes|
|Thursday, January 1||New Year's Day||January 1|
|Monday, January 19||Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday||3rd Monday in January|
|Monday, February 16+||Washington's Birthday||3rd Monday in February|
|Monday, May 25||Memorial Day||Last Monday in May|
|Friday, July 4||Independence Day||July 4|
|Monday, September 7||Labor Day||1st Monday in September|
|Monday, October 12||Columbus Day||2nd Monday in October|
|Wednesday, November 11||Veterans' Day||November 11|
|Thursday, November 26||Thanksgiving Day||4th Thursday in November|
|Friday, December 25||Christmas Day||December 25|
|Fri., January 1, 2016||New Year's Day (2016)||January 1|
+ This holiday is designated as "Washington's Birthday" in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.