Federal Holidays

The federal holidays are authorized holidays which have been recognized by the US government. These public holidays were established by Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103). Need to know when it's the next holiday? We have the answer for you.

2024 Federal Holidays

The federal government of the United States has declared eleven calendar dates as official holidays, which are known as national holidays.




New Year's DayJanuary 1Monday
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayJanuary 15Monday
George Washington’s BirthdayFebruary 19Monday
Memorial DayMay 27Monday
JuneteenthJune 19Wednesday
Independence DayJuly 4Thursday
Labor DaySeptember 2Monday
Columbus DayOctober 14Monday
Veterans DayNovember 11Monday
Thanksgiving DayNovember 28Thursday
Christmas DayDecember 25Wednesday

What happens when a federal holiday falls on a weekend?

If a holiday falls on a Saturday, for most Federal employees, the preceding Friday will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes.

What are Federal Holidays?

Federal holidays are paid holidays that are observed annually by the federal government. During these days, employees of non-essential government agencies are paid for not working. Furthermore, post offices, banks, and schools usually close as well.

Federal holidays are days designated by the US government as days of observation to celebrate important events, commemorate historical figures, or recognize special observances. There are eleven federal holidays in the US—including Independence Day, John F. Kennedy Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day—and many states and localities also observe their holidays. Federal employees are generally entitled to paid time off on federal holidays.

NoFederal holidayDate
1New Year's DayJanuary 1
2Martin Luther King, Jr. DayThird Monday in January
3George Washington’s BirthdayThird Monday in February
4Memorial DayLast Monday in May
5JuneteenthJune 19
6Independence DayJuly 4
7Labor DayFirst Monday in September
8Columbus DaySecond Monday in October
9Veterans DayNovember 11
10Thanksgiving Day4th Thursday in November
11Christmas DayDecember 25

The above mentioned table could have the Inauguration Day (January 20, every 4 years following a presidential election). The next presidential inauguration is scheduled to be on January 20, 2025.

Printable 2024 calendar with Holidays

Since you're interested in knowing when the next federal holidays are taking place, you might find this printable 2024 calendar template valuable.

How many federal holidays are there?

There are a total of eleven federal holidays across the calendar year in the US, as legislated in 5 U.S. Code § 6103.

For the original release visit the US Office of Personnel Management.

Do you have to provide federal holidays off to your staff?

No. Federal holidays must be paid time off for workers, but only by the federal government. Private companies are not legally required to observe federal holidays as paid time off for their staff.


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