Federal Holidays of United States of America

In U.S., there are ten federal holidays in a year. These holidays are designated by U.S. Congress which has the constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. There are no national holidays in United States. Most of the federal holidays are considered as state holidays.

U.S. Federal holidays are also known as public or legal holidays because of their nationwide observance. U.S. company holidays are as same as federal holidays because they follow the federal calender.

U.S. Federal Holidays:



Official Date

· New Year Day


Observed on January 1
· Inauguration Day


This is the eleventh federal holiday observed on January 20 once in four years.
· Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Observed on 3rd Monday in the month of January
· George Washington’s Birthday


Observed on 3rd Monday in the month of February
· Memorial Day


Observed on the Last Monday in the month of May
· Independence Day


Observed on July 4
· Labor Day


Observed on 1st Monday in the month of September
· Columbus Day


Observed on 2nd Monday in the month of October
· Veterans Day


Observed on November 11
· Thanksgiving Day


Thanksgiving day comes on fourth Thursday in the month of November. Most of the americans spend this day with their family. They usually organize grand dinner party which includes Turkey Meat. In additon to this, most of the major brands have ordered their retail stores to remain closed on that day. These brands includes H&M, Home goods, IKEA, Marshalls, Raymour & Flanagan, etc. Data about retail stores has been provided by Black friday deals site. Thanksgiving will be followed by black friday and cyber monday. Companies which follow U.S. federal calendar remains closed on this day
· Christmas Day


Observed on December 25


Exceptions on U.S. Federal Holidays:

  1. If a federal holiday falls on saturday then it will be observed on preceding friday.
  2. If a federal holiday falls on subday then it will be observed on following monday.

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