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.

2022 Holiday Calendar

Holiday

Date

Day

New Year's Day

December 31*

Friday

Memorial Day

May 30

Monday

Independence Day

July 4

Monday

Labor Day

September 5

Monday

Thanksgiving Day

November 24

Thursday

Friday after Thanksgiving

November 25

Friday

Christmas Day

December 25*

Monday

** 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.

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