Federal Holidays
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Federal Holidays:

In the United States, there are 10 federal holidays set by law. See U.S. Code Title 5 Section 6103. Holidays.

Under current definitions, four are set by date:

New Year's Day                                    January 1
Independence Day                                  July 4
Veterans Day                                      November 11
Christmas Day                                     December 25

If any of the above fall on a Saturday, then Friday may be observed as a holiday by various institutions. Similarly, if one falls on a Sunday, then Monday may be observed as a holiday.

The other six are set by a day of the week and month:

Martin Luther King's Birthday                     Third Monday in January
Washington's Birthday                             Third Monday in February
Memorial Day                                      Last Monday in May
Labor Day                                         First Monday in September
Columbus Day                                      Second Monday in October
Thanksgiving                                      Fourth Thursday in November

Federal Holiday Table:

The table below displays day of the week for the first set of holidays, and a date for the second set. Also shown is General Election Day, which is the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.


                      2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  2018  2019  2020
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New Year's Day         Sat   Sun   Tu    Wed   Th    Fri   Sun   Mon   Tu    Wed

Independence Day       Mon   Wed   Th    Fri   Sat   Mon   Tu    Wed   Th    Sat

Veterans Day           Fri   Sun   Mon   Tu    Wed   Fri   Sat   Sun   Mon   Wed

Christmas Day          Sun   Tu    Wed   Th    Fri   Sun   Mon   Tu    Wed   Fri


King's Birthday   Jan.  17    16    21    20    19    18    16    15    21    20

Washington's
Birthday          Feb.  21    20    18    17    16    15    20    19    18    17

Memorial Day      May   30    28    27    26    25    30    29    28    27    25

Labor Day         Sep.   5     3     2     1     7     5     4     3     2     7

Columbus Day      Oct.  10     8    14    13    12    10     9     8    14    12

Thanksgiving      Nov.  24    22    28    27    26    24    23    22    28    26

Election Day      Nov.   8     6     5     4     3     8     7     6     5     3

Other Patriotic and National Observances:

For further information on other patriotic and national observances, see U.S. Code Title 36, Chapter 1: Patriotic and National Observances.

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