Holidays in the US

The list of holidays below shows holidays government employees have off. Not all private employers in the US have the same vacation policies, but it is important to note that most likely only federal and recognized state holidays are given as days off. You probably won’t find anyone with International Bacon Day, or Talk Like a Pirate Day off.

Federal Holidays:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1).
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington’s Birthday (Third Monday in February).
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May).
  • Independence Day (July 4).
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September).
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October).
  • Veterans Day (November 11).
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November).
  • Christmas Day (December 25).

If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is generally observed the day before. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is usually observed the day after. This means that if Veterans Day is on Sunday the next day, Monday, would be off for employees.

There are still a wide variety of holidays that are celebrated in the US such as Easter, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Halloween, Valentines Day, and Mothers Day but are not typically given as days off.

TIP: Some of the most expensive times to travel the US are around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.