2017 Federal Holiday Schedule
Keeping up with federal holidays can be a pain but it is important to know when government offices will be closed. The post office and stock market aren’t likely to open on these days either:
- January 1 (Monday): New Year’s Day
- January 15 (Monday): Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 19 (Monday)– Washington’s birthday (commonly referred to as Presidents’ Day)
- May 28 (Monday): Memorial Day
- July 4 (Wednesday): Independence Day
- September 3 (Monday): Labor Day
- October 8 (Monday): Columbus Day
- November 12 (Monday): Veteran’s Day Observed
- November 22 (Thursday): Thanksgiving Day
- December 25 (Tuesday): Christmas Day
Download a free federal holiday schedule using this link.
Notable Federal Holidays in 2018
One date to note in 2018 is Veterans Day. Veteran’s Day falls on a Saturday in 2018 so federal employees will observe the day on Monday, November 12 this year.
A common misconception is that federal holidays are US national holidays which would mean everyone in the US gets the day off. This is not correct. The federal holidays only apply to federal employees. While there are many state and local governments which mirror these holidays, along with private businesses, there is nothing saying any other organization has to follow the federal holiday list. For example, the US stock market is closed most federal holidays, but it does remain open on Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day.
What is Closed on a Federal Holiday?
Due to different holiday schedules for different businesses, there are often some institutions open on federal holidays, while others are closed. The problem is which are open and closed isn’t always the same for each holiday. Some of the establishments you may want to check for each federal holiday include:
- trash service
- post office / UPS / FedEx
- banks / credit unions
- grocery stores
- dry cleaners
- retail stores
- house cleaning services
- day care services
Another important point to note is those businesses which do remain open on federal holidays often have shorter holiday hours than they would on a typical day. Noting these special hours can be important so that you don’t show up during normal business hours when the places are closed.
There are also some common holidays celebrated in the US which aren’t federal holidays. The following holidays are often celebrated by many in the US but are not official federal holidays:
- February 14 (Wednesday): Valentine’s Day
- March 17 (Saturday): St. Patrick’s Day
- April 1 (Sunday): Easter Sunday
- May 13 (Sunday): Mother’s Day
- June 18 (Sunday): Father’s Day
- October 31 (Wednesday): Halloween
If you’re wondering about a specific holiday in 2018, consult this free, printable federal holiday schedule.
Photo: Mike Mozart