An overview of the 2023 federal holidays and observances in the United States as set down in federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103). If a public holiday falls on a non-working day (Saturday or Sunday for the majority of government employees), it is often observed (and indicated as so in the overview below) the Friday before if it comes on a Saturday, or the Monday after if it falls on a Sunday. Please be aware that Washington’s Birthday is the term used by the federal government to refer to Presidents’ Day, which commemorates George Washington. The celebration is commonly referred to as Presidents’ Day (also sometimes written as President’s Day or Presidents Day), especially in states that honour additional presidents (Lincoln, Jefferson, and others) in addition to George Washington.
For many, Christmas celebrations come to an end on New Year’s Eve, which also marks the beginning of a new year and offers an opportunity for reflection. But as the holiday season comes to a conclusion, many people will already be anticipating the federal holidays in 2023.
There are designated “federal holidays” each year, on which the majority of non-essential federal government offices are shut down and employees are given the day off.
This will depend on the industry you work in; for example, employees in the hospitality sector are unlikely to receive the day off. Generally speaking, federal holidays are observed by closing institutions like banks, corporations, schools, and the US stock market.
What are the 2023 US federal and national holidays? Calendar of public holidays
Here is a list of public holidays in the United States in 2023:
- New Year’s Day – Monday, January 2
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, January 16
- Presidents’ Day – Monday, February 20
- Memorial Day – Monday, May 29
- Independence Day – Wednesday, July 4
- Labor Day – Monday, September 4
- Columbus Day – Monday, October 9
- Veterans Day – Wednesday, November 11
- Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 23
- Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25
Please note that this list may not include all the holidays observed in the United States, as different states and territories may have additional holidays or observe holidays on different dates. Some states and localities may also have regional holidays or festivals that are not recognized nationally.