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Court Holidays


Date Observed Federal Holiday Notes
Friday, January 1 New Year's Day  
Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday 3rd Monday in January
Monday, February 19* Washington's Birthday 3rd Monday in February
Monday, May 28 Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day  
Monday, September 3 Labor Day 1st Monday in September
Monday, October 8 Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October
Monday, November 12** Veterans' Day  
Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day 4th Thursday in November
Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day  


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.)