All nonessential government offices are closed on Veterans Day and other recognized federal holidays. Some examples of these offices include most of the staff in the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Both the Federal Communications Commission and the Securities and Exchange Committee are also largely considered nonessential offices.
Veterans Day is also known as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day. Businesses that do remain open on Veterans Day often offer specials and discounts for vets.
In addition to nonessential government offices, many other businesses, such as banks, schools and libraries, are also closed during Veterans Day. Other federal holidays include New Year's Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Title V of the U.S. Code delineates which holidays are federal ones as determined by the U.S. Congress. Federal employees are provided with pay during time off for federal holidays. In addition to federal holidays, most areas celebrate state and city holidays that are not recognized elsewhere. Nonessential local government offices sometimes close for these holidays. Federal employees in the Washington, D.C. area are provided with paid time off for Inauguration Day.