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Court Holidays

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
Wednesday, January 1 New Year’s Day January 1
Monday, January 20 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. 3rd Monday in January
Monday, February 17* Washington’s Birthday 3rd Monday in February
Monday, May 25 Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Monday, July 6 Independence Day July 4
Monday, September 7th Labor Day 1st Monday in September
Monday, October 14 Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October
Monday, November 11 Veterans Day November 11
Thursday, November 28 Thanksgiving Day 4th Thursday in November
Friday, November 29    
Tuesday, December 24   December 24
Wednesday, December 25 Christmas Day December 25
Tuesday, December 31 New Year's Eve December 31
Wednesday, January 1 New Year's Day 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.