The federal government of the United States designates 10 holidays for which all non-essential employees receive paid leave. These include Christmas and New Year's Day, as well as various national holidays such as Thanksgiving and Independence Day.
Federal holidays are set by Title V of the United States Code, a law enacted by Congress. These holidays apply only to federal employees and the District of Columbia, but many states, cities and private companies also observe these holidays. In addition to Christmas, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Independence Day, such holidays include birthdays of important figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and George Washington. Holidays honoring America's veterans and military past include Veteran's Day and Memorial Day.