US Federal Holidays in 2014

US federal holidays


For constitutional reasons, the United States does not have national holidays in the sense that most other nations do, i.e. days on which all businesses are closed by law and employees have a day off. Though not technically accurate, U.S. federal holidays are often referred to as ‘public holidays’ or ‘legal holidays’ because of their wide spread observance.

Malls, shopping centers and most retail stores close only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day and many on Easter Day as well, but remain open on all other holidays (early closing on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and sometimes on other major holidays).Virtually all companies observe and close on the “major” holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Some non-retail business close on the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) while some (such as federal banks and post offices) are not allowed to close on the day after Thanksgiving. Some smaller businesses normally open on Sunday will close on Easter Sunday, if it is their experience they will have very few customers that day

There are ten annual U.S. federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has authority to create holidays for federal institutions.

Federal Holiday Calendar

The annual dates for the federal holiday calendar have been determined by the United States Congress as follows:

Holiday

Official Date

New Year’s Day
Inauguration Day
Martin Luther King’s Birthday
George Washington’s Birthday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
January 1
January 20th
Third Monday in January
Third Monday in February
Last Monday in May
July 4
First Monday in September
Second Monday in October
November 11
4th Thursday in November
December 25

2014 Federal Holidays

Day

Date

Holiday

Wednesday
Monday
Monday
Monday
Friday
Monday
Monday
Tuesday
Thursday
Thursday
January 1
January 20
February 17
May 26
July 4
September 1
October 13
November 11
November 27
December 25
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King’s Birthday
George Washington’s Birthday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day (before Black Friday)
Christmas Day

Sources: Public holidays in the United States and U.S. Federal Holidays & National Holidays
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