US Business Holidays

While businesses in the United States are not legally required to observe national, state, or religious holidays, the vast majority of U.S. businesses observe the following seven holidays, usually following the federal holiday calendar.

Paid Holidays in the US

In United States Legislation such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not state any obligations to employers regarding the time they are not working, as of vacation or holidays.

Employers are offering paid holidays, paid vacation and paid sick leave as part of the employee compensation and benefits package. Normally such details are provided within the employment letter and detailed in the employee handbook.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 77% of full-time private employees had access to paid holidays in March 2017. On average these workers received 8 paid holidays.

2019 Holiday Calendar

Holiday

Date

Day

New Year's Day

January 1

Tuesday

Memorial Day

May 27

Monday

Independence Day

July 4

Thursday

Labor Day

September 2

Monday

Thanksgiving Day

November 28

Thursday

Friday after Thanksgiving

November 29

Friday

Christmas Day

December 25

Wednesday

2020 Holiday Calendar

Holiday

Date

Day

New Year's Day

January 1

Wednesday

Memorial Day

May 25

Monday

Independence Day

July 3*

Friday

Labor Day

September 7

Monday

Thanksgiving Day

November 26

Thursday

Friday after Thanksgiving

November 27

Friday

Christmas Day

December 25

Friday

**July 4, 2020 (the legal public holiday for Independence Day), falls on a Saturday. For most Federal employees, Friday, July 3, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).)

Please note that Presidents' Day (17 feb) is celebrated across US except DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, KY, LA, NC, NM, RI, WI. Additionally Columbus Day (12 Oct) is observed across US except All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, MN, ND, NM, NV, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WY.

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