The United States federal government recognizes a total of 11 holidays throughout the year. These holidays are special times when federal entities close and their employees can enjoy a well-deserved day off. Some of these holidays have specific dates, while others change every year. In addition, if a holiday falls on a weekend, it can be observed a day before or after.
Complete holiday calendar 2023
After Columbus Day on the second Monday in October on October 9, 2023, the next federal holiday is Veterans Day. This holiday is celebrated on November 11. However, in 2023 it will fall on a Saturday, so it is observed on Friday, November 10.
The next holiday on the calendar is Thanksgiving Day, which is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November, i.e. November 23, 2023.
Finally, the last holiday of the year is Christmas Day, which is celebrated on December 25.
Complete holiday calendar 2024:
In 2024, the official federal holidays according to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are as follows:
- New Year’s Day – January 1
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January) – January 15, 2024
- Washington’s Birthday or Presidents’ Day (third Monday in February) – February 19
- Memorial Day (last Monday in May) – May 27
- Day of June 19 – June 19
- Independence Day – July 4th
- Labor Day or Labor Day (first Monday in September) – September 2
- Columbus Day (Second Monday in October) – October 14
- Veterans Day or Veterans Day – November 11
- Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November) – November 28
- Christmas Day – December 25th
In addition to these holidays, employees working in the Washington, DC metropolitan area are entitled to one additional holiday, Inauguration Day. This holiday is celebrated on January 20, once every four years after the presidential elections. The next presidential inauguration is scheduled for January 20, 2025.