Federal Holidays and Federal Holiday Calendar


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The tables below list the calendar days and dates of various Federal holidays (also known as U.S., American, or national holidays) and provide links to the official federal government holiday calendars for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Some holidays are "fixed" - for example, Christmas is always December 25. Other holidays are fixed only to a particular day of the week in relation to a particular week of a fixed month - for example, Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day) is always the 3rd Monday in February. Federal government holidays are listed for calendar years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. List includes all 10 Federal holidays.

List of Federal Calendar Holidays


Holiday 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
MLK Jr Day -- 3rd Monday in JanuaryJan 19Jan 18Jan 17Jan 16Jan 21Jan 20Jan 19Jan 18
Presidents Day* -- 3rd Monday in FebruaryFeb 16Feb 15Feb 21Feb 20Feb 18Feb 17Feb 16Feb 15
Memorial Day -- Last Monday in MayMay 25May 31May 30May 28May 27May 26May 25May 30
Labor Day -- 1st Monday in SeptemberSep 7Sep 6Sep 5Sep 3Sep 2Sep 1Sep 7Sep 5
Columbus Day -- 2nd Monday in OctoberOct 12Oct 11Oct 10Oct 8Oct 14Oct 13Oct 12Oct 10
Thanksgiving -- 4th Thursday in NovemberNov 26Nov 25Nov 24Nov 22Nov 28Nov 27Nov 26Nov 24


  • New Year's Day -- January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- 3rd Monday in January
  • Presidents Day (Washington's Birthday) -- 3rd Monday in February
  • Memorial Day -- Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day -- July 4
  • Labor Day -- 1st Monday in September
  • Columbus Day -- 2nd Monday in October
  • Veterans Day -- November 11
  • Thanksgiving -- 4th Thursday in November
  • Christmas -- December 25
  • Inauguration Day -- January 20 (2009, 2013, 2017 etc - every 4 years)
    (Please see OPM 2009 calendar link below for information.)

*Presidents' Day is also known as Washington's Birthday.

This Congressional Research Service report [.pdf document] discusses the history of each Federal Holiday:

CRS Report for Congress - Federal Holidays: Evolution and Application

Please note that most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the holiday is usually observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).

Official Federal Government Calendar Holidays
U.S. Office of Personnel Management

The links below to the official (OPM) federal government holiday calendars for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 list the calendar days and dates of various Federal holidays.

OPM - 2009 Federal Holidays

OPM - 2010 Federal Holidays

OPM - 2011 Federal Holidays

OPM - 2012 Federal Holidays

OPM - 2013 Federal Holidays

OPM - 2014 Federal Holidays

OPM - 2015 Federal Holidays

OPM - 2016 Federal Holidays



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