What is a Federal Holiday
A federal holiday is a public holiday in a federal state or country, like the United States of America and Australia. Federal holidays are authorized holidays which has been recognized by the Federal government. During a federal holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, and all federal employees are on a paid time off (PTO).
Lists of Federal Holidays in the USA
New Year's Day
This holiday celebrates the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. It is held always in January 1st of every year. (read more...)
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
This holiday marks the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil right leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement during the the 1960s. Although Mr King's birthday is January 15, the holiday which was named after him is held on the third Monday of January of every year. (read more...)
This holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of February. It honors George Washington, the first President of the United States of America. It is sometimes called as the "Presidents Day" by other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses in recognition of other American presidents, such as Abraham Lincoln. Historically, it was observed on February 22, prior to passage of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. (read more...)
This holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. It honors all the American soldiers who died in all the wars the United States has fought. It originated in the 19th century and originally honored the soldiers who gave their lives in the American Civil War. It was historically observed on May 30, prior to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. (read more...)
This holiday is celebrated on the 4th of July and so popularly known as the "Fourth of July". It honors the United States' birthday or the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Many Americans celebrate this day with picnics and patriotic parades, concerts, and fireworks. (read more...)
This holiday is observed on the first Monday of September. It honors the United States' working people and the achievements of workers and the labor movement. (read more...)
This holiday is celebrated on the second Monday of October. It commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. This holiday was first proclaimed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937. Historically, it was observed on October 12, prior to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. (read more...)
This holiday is celebrated on November 11. It honors all the veterans of all the wars in which the U.S. has fought. Originally, it was called Armistice Day and was established to honor all the Americans who had served in World War I. During the celebration, Veterans' organizations hold parades and the US president places a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. (read more...)
This holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It honors the dinner shared by Native Americans and the Pilgrims at Plymouth, now Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the fall of 1621. Thanksgiving day is a big national tradition in the United States. During Thanksgiving, many Americans serve roast turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and pumpkin pie at dinner time. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, marks the start of Christmas shopping for most Americans. (read more...)
This holiday is celebrated on December 25. It is a worldwide holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Many Americans spends the days, sometimes weeks, before Christmas day, decorating the house and yard with Christmas decorations and lights, putting up Christmas trees and shopping for gifts and sending greeting cards. (read more...)
What is Uniform Monday Holiday Act
The Uniform Monday Holiday Act is an Act of United States Congress that establishes the observance of certain holidays on Mondays. It was signed into law on June 28, 1968 and took effect on January 1, 1971. This law moved Washington's Birthday (February 22), Memorial Day (May 30), Labor Day, Columbus Day (October 12) and Veterans Day (November 11) from fixed dates to designated Mondays.
This holiday is observed on January 20th, or 21st if the 20th is a Sunday, every 4th year, after a new US president is elected in the previous year. It marks the Inauguration of the President of the United States and other elected federal officials. This holiday is only observed by federal employees who work in Washington, D.C., Montgomery or Prince George's counties in Maryland, or Arlington or Fairfax counties or the cities of Alexandria or Falls Church in Virginia. (read more...)