The United States does not have national holidays in the sense of days on which all employees in the U.S. receive a day free from work and
all business is halted. The U.S. Federal government can only recognize national holidays that pertain to its own employees; it is at the
discretion of each state or local jurisdiction to determine official holiday schedules. There are eleven such "Federal holidays", ten annual
and one quadrennial holiday.
The annual Federal holidays are widely observed by state and local governments; however, they may alter the dates of observance or add or
subtract holidays according to local custom. Pursuant to the Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968 (taking effect in 1971), official holidays are
observed on a Monday, except for New Year's Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. There are also U.S. state
holidays particular to individual U.S. states.
Most retail businesses close on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but remain open on all other holidays. Private businesses often observe only
the "big six" holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Some also add the Friday
after Thanksgiving, or one or more of the other federal holidays
Federal holidays are designated by Congress in Title V of the United States Code (5 U.S.C. § 6103). If a holiday falls on a Saturday it is
celebrated the preceding Friday; if a holiday falls on a Sunday it is celebrated the following Monday. Most, but not all, states and most
private businesses also observe a Sunday holiday on the following Monday.
It is less common, however, for a state or private business to observe a Saturday holiday on the preceding Friday. Some states and private
businesses may observe it then, a few may observe it on Monday, and some may not observe the holiday at all in those years. In particular,
banks that close on Saturdays do not observe a holiday when it falls on Saturday.
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Valentines Day / Saint Valentine's Day - February 14th
Easter - varies between March 22 and April 25
Mother's Day - 2nd Sunday in May
Father's Day - 3rd Sunday in June
Halloween / All Saints Day - October 31st
Christmas Day - December 25th