|Date Observed||Federal Holiday||Notes|
|Friday, January 1||New Year's Day||January 1|
|Monday, January 16||Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday||3rd Monday in January|
|Monday, February 20+||Washington's Birthday||3rd Monday in February|
|Monday, May 29||Memorial Day||Last Monday in May|
|Tuesday, July 4||Independence Day||July 4|
|Monday, September 4||Labor Day||1st Monday in September|
|Monday, October 9||Columbus Day||2nd Monday in October|
|Friday, November 10||Veterans' Day||November 10|
|Thursday, November 23||Thanksgiving Day||4th Thursday in November|
|Monday, December 25*||Christmas Day||December 25|
|Monday, January 1, 2018**||New Year's Day (2018)||January 1|
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).
*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.
**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. (See section 3(a) of Executive order 11582, February 11, 1971.)