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U. S. National Holidays & Celebrations!

Let's Celebrate!

Americans find many reasons to celebrate. On a National scale there are 10 Federal Holidays. Not all States recognize the same Holidays as the Federal Government. States and local governments have a separate list of Holidays which may be different from the Federal list. Holidays may have a religious or non-religious origin. One things Holidays do have in common: most companies give us a paid day off to celebrate! There are many other Days with attached significance that provide us the opportunity to enrich our lives. In any case, Americans love any excuse to celebrate!

Federal Holidays

From The Office of Personnel Management:
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 non workday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday). Following are the Federal Holidays:

New Year's Day
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Washington's Birthday*
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
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 policy of the Federal Office of Personnel Management to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

Further Study 

We have additional information on selected Holidays and Celebrations that you can access at the top of this page.

Additional Web Sites

For more information visit the following Web Site: (Use your browser's "back button" to return):
Federal Holidays Home Page

 

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Thomas Kinkade

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