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Holidays - USA

Each state in the USA has its own public holidays. Federal Government employees also have their own statutory holidays and so do the New York Stock Exchange and New York MercantilExchangee .

Federal holidays are moved to a Friday if they occur on a Saturday and to a Monday if they occur on a Sunday. Most states follow this rule, but there are exceptions. I will give details when I have them, but our information in this area is not exhaustive and therefore, unless otherwise stated, please do not be surprised if a holiday is moved from a weekend to either the Friday preceding or Monday following.

There are also many varied and complex rules about special cases (what do you do if you are working night shift and part of your shift falls on a holiday?...) but it is beyond the scope of this site to give such details. Interested readers should refer to the links provided.

A list of common observances which are not holidays is provided below.

Federal Holidays

Federal holidays affect all Federal government offices and the District of Columbia.

1 January New Year's Day  
20th January Inauguration Day (Note 1)
3rd Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr Day
3rd Monday in February Presidents' Day/Washington's Birthday
Last Monday in May Memorial Day  
4 July Independence Day  
1st Monday in September Labor Day  
2nd Monday in October Columbus Day  
11 November Veterans' Day  
4th Thursday in November Thanksgiving  
25 December Christmas Day  

(Note 1) Inauguration Day occurs on 20 January of each 4th year starting from 1965. It applies to the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia, and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia only and is moved to a Monday if it occurs on a Sunday.

Holidays occuring on a Saturday are observed on the preceding Friday, those on a Sunday on the Monday following.

NYSE & NYMEX Holidays

The New York Stock Exchange has the same holidays as the Federal Government except, of course for Inauguration Day but adds the following:-

Friday after Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Holiday, half day
24 December Christmas Eve, half day
Feast 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Good Friday 28 Mar 10 Apr 2 Apr 21 Apr 13 Apr 29 Mar 18 Apr 9 Apr

The NYSE may also close on the day of the funeral of a U.S. President (past or present)

http://www.nyse.com/about/holidayrules.html http://www.nymex.com/

The New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) closes on the same days as the NYSE but has a full day holiday on the Friday after Thanksgiving and stays open on Columbus Day and Veterans Day.

NYMEX ACCESSSM also closes but for each holiday closes from the evening of the preceding day until 7 a.m. on the day of the holiday.

Non-holiday Observances

2 February Groundhog Day
14 February Valentine's Day  
17 March St Patrick's Day  
1 April April Fools' Day  
6 April Army Day 1
22 April Earth Day"  
Wednesday of the
last full week of April
Administrative Professionals' Day (formerly Secretaries' Day)  
6 May Nurses' Day
1st Thursday in May National Day of Prayer
2nd Sunday in May Mothers' Day  
3rd Saturday in May Armed Forces Day
3rd Sunday in June Fathers' Day  
19 June Juneteenth (Liberation of Slaves)  
4th Sunday in July Parents' Day
1 August Air Force Day 1
4 August Coast Guard Day1
1st Sunday in August Friendship Day  
Sunday after Labor Day Grandparents' Day  
17 September Citizenship Day or Constitution Day
2nd Sunday in October National Children's Day
16 October Bosses' Day  
3rd Saturday in October Sweetest Day   icon
26 October Mother-in-Law's Day  
27 October Navy Day1
31 October Halloween  
10 November Marine Corps Day1
7 December Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (7 December, 1941)
26 to 31 December Kwanzaa  

Technically superceded by Armed Forces Day (3rd Saturday in May) since 31 August 1949.