U.S. Federal holidays that are always on a Monday include Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day. Many federal offices close, allowing for a three-day weekend to celebrate the holiday. Outside of the federal government, the choice to observe any federal holiday is left up to individual states and private companies.Continue Reading
The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 selected Mondays to observe certain federal holidays in order to allow federal employees a three-day weekend. Proponents of the act believed this would allow for more family and travel time.
Although not in the original act, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the first federal Monday holiday of the year, falling on the third Monday of January. Washington's Birthday, widely referred to as President's Day, is observed on the third Monday of February. Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May, Labor Day on the first Monday in September and Columbus Day on the second Monday in October.
Most states generally follow the federal government's lead, closing state government offices and public schools. Some states allow school districts to determine which of these federal holidays to observe. However, private companies and schools can decide for themselves which holidays to observe.Learn more about Holidays
National holidays in the United States traditionally include New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day and Independence Day. The other national holidays are Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. These 10 holidays are observed by the federal government and apply to all federal workers. States are not required to observe federal holidays, but most of them choose to do so.Full Answer >
The major holidays Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Independence Day take place each year on the third Monday of January and on July 4, respectively. Thanksgiving takes place on the fourth Thursday of each November.Full Answer >
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated the third Monday of January each year. The bill calling for this holiday became law in 1983, and the holiday was first officially observed in 1986.Full Answer >
New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Washington's Birthday, Good Friday and Memorial Day were all holidays that the New York Stock Exchange observed in 2014, according to the Daily Gains Letter. Other holidays that the NYSE observed that year were Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.Full Answer >