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Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the following public holidays for Federal employees. Please note that most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonworkday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).

2014 Federal Holidays

Wednesday, January 1
New Year's Day

Monday, January 20
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, February 17 *
Washington's Birthday

Monday, May 26
Memorial Day

Friday, July 4
Independence Day

Monday, September 1
Labor Day

Monday, October 13
Columbus Day

Tuesday, November 11
Veterans Day

Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, December 25
Christmas Day

* This holiday is designated as "Washington's Birthday" in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.