2024 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.

US Business Holidays Calendar 2024

In 2024, the holidays in the United States fall on the following dates:




New Year's Day

January 1


Memorial Day

May 27


Independence Day

July 4


Labor Day

September 2


Thanksgiving Day

November 28


Friday after Thanksgiving

November 29


Christmas Day

December 25


What if a holiday falls on a weekend?

When a legal public holiday falls on a Saturday, it is usually observed on the preceding Friday for pay and leave purposes. When the holiday falls on a Sunday, it is usually observed on the following Monday for pay and leave purposes.

2024 Holiday Calendar: Federal Holidays

Here's a short description of the meaning behind each of the US  holidays:

  • New Year's Day: Celebrated on January 1st, New Year's Day marks the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. It is a time for people to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the upcoming one.
  • Memorial Day: Celebrated on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day honors and remembers the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is a time to pay tribute to their sacrifices and express gratitude for their service.
  • Independence Day: On July 4th, Independence Day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, which declared the United States' independence from Great Britain. It is a day of patriotic celebration, marked by fireworks, parades, and various festivities.
  • Labor Day: Celebrated on the first Monday in September, Labor Day honors the accomplishments and services of American laborers. It recognizes the labor movement and the social and economic achievements of workers that have contributed to the well-being and prosperity of the country.
  • Thanksgiving Day: Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day is a time for expressing gratitude and thanks for the year's blessings. It traditionally involves gathering with family and friends for a festive meal, often including turkey, and reflecting on what we are thankful for.
  • Friday after Thanksgiving: Commonly known as "Black Friday," this day is not an official federal holiday but is widely observed as a day off for many Americans. It falls on the day after Thanksgiving and is known as the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, with retailers offering significant discounts and promotions.
  • Christmas Day: Celebrated on December 25th, Christmas Day marks the birth of Jesus Christ and is a widely observed Christian holiday. It is a time for religious celebrations, gift-giving, and spending time with loved ones. Many people also decorate their homes and exchange Christmas cards during this festive season.

These holidays hold cultural and historical significance in the United States, and people across the country observe them in various ways.

Extra Holidays

In the United States, several firms designate extra holidays for their staff members, such as their birthdays or a floating holiday. Depending on their line of work, tradition, or custom, they might also celebrate one or more of the following holidays: Presidents Day, Easter, Columbus Day, New Year's Eve, and Christmas Eve.

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.

2024 Holiday Calendar

Keep a record of all business or fedral holidays in 2024. To view a breakdown of each month and the future free days, download and print our 2024 holiday calendar template.

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