2019 Federal Holiday Schedule
On federal holidays, most government offices are not open, including post offices. In addition, many financial institutions, such as banks and the stock markets, close for the day as well, though this isn’t always the case.
Federal Holidays 2019:
- Tuesday, January 1: New Year’s Day
- Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
- Monday, February 18: Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day)
- Monday, May 27: Memorial Day
- Thursday, July 4: Independence Day
- Monday, September 2: Labor Day
- Monday, October 14: Columbus Day
- Monday, November 11: Veterans Day
- Thursday, November 28: Thanksgiving Day
- Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day
Who Gets the Day Off on Federal Holidays?
There is a common misconception that surrounds federal holidays; that everyone should get the day off. In reality, only federal employees are essentially guaranteed to have the day off, aside from those who work in critical safety or security roles.
For example, some employees from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Defense (DoD), and similar agencies will have to report to work on holidays. This is because they perform critical functions that keep the country safe.
Even though the holiday technically only applies to federal workers, many other companies and agencies also give their employees the day off. This means they close their doors in recognition of the holiday. However, not all organizations shut down for all holidays, including certain government agencies.
For example, though most state governments close their offices for federal holidays, Washington State employees do not get Columbus Day off as a holiday.
Are Federal Holidays Also National or Public Holidays?
No, federal holidays are not national or public holidays. On a public or national holiday, everyone would get the day off. This means every business would close for the day, as it would essentially be required by law.
In the U.S., there are no national holidays. However, many other nations do have public holidays.
What is Closed on Federal Holidays?
Outside of the federal government, whether an organization chooses to close is in the hands of their corporate office or upper management teams. This means some businesses may shut their doors for every holiday, others only acknowledge a few, and some don’t close at all.
While which establishments close in your area may vary from other cities, here are some organizations that could close for federal holidays, so you may want to contact your local groups to confirm whether they are opening:
- Public and Private K-12 Schools
- Colleges and Universities
- UPS, FedEx, and Other Mail or Package Delivery Services
- Banks and Credit Unions
- U.S. Stock Markets
- Grocery Stores
- Drug Stores and Pharmacies
- Day Cares
- Medical and Dental Offices
It’s also important to note that some organizations may open for the holiday, but only for a limited number of hours. Additionally, some may choose to close early the day before a holiday as well, particularly on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
There are also some holidays that are celebrated in the U.S., but that aren’t federal holidays. While federal offices may operate according to their usual business schedule on these days, other companies may choose to close on the following days:
- Thursday, February 14: Valentine’s Day
- Sunday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
- Sunday, April 21: Easter
- Sunday, May 12: Mother’s Day
- Sunday, June 16: Father’s Day
- Thursday, October 31: Halloween
In most cases, federal agencies are not open on Sundays, except for those focused on public safety and security. While they do not formally recognize any of the above dates as being the same as the other federal holidays, most federal employees will incidentally have the day off.
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