Federal Holiday – When public offices are closed?

Like last year, we will observe eleven federal holidays in 2022. If the federal holiday falls on the weekend, it will be celebrated on the preceding the day of the day after. For example, if the national holiday is on a Saturday, it will be observed on the preceding Friday; if on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday.

Here are the dates for each of the eleven federal holidays in 2022, their dates, and a brief explanation of why we celebrate them.

National Holidays 2022 Calendar Year

  1. New Year’s Day: January 1
  2. MLK Day: January 17
  3. Washington’s Birthday: February 21
  4. Memorial Day: May 30
  5. Juneteenth: June 19
  6. Independence Day: July 4
  7. Labor Day: September 5
  8. Columbus Day: October 10
  9. Veterans Day: November 11
  10. Thanksgiving: November 24
  11. Christmas: December 25

New Year’s Day

Celebrates the new year. January 1, 2022, falls on a Saturday, so the federal government moved it to Friday, where most federal employees and private-sector workers will enjoy a three-day long weekend. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday of January)

Celebrates the birthday of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. 

George Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday of February)

Celebrates the birthday of one of the United States’ founding fathers, George Washington.

Memorial Day (Last Monday of May)

Celebrates the nation’s fallen soldiers, our heroes, those who have lost their lives in combat.

Juneteenth

Although it was celebrated by many, Juneteenth is a newly established federal holiday before it was recognized as one. It marks the end of slavery.

Independence Day (June 19)

The almighty 4th of July – celebrates the independence of the United States. 

Labor Day (1st Monday of September)

Honors the workers, though it’s observed on May 1 on the international scale. 

Columbus Day (2nd Monday of October)

Celebrates the achievements of Christopher Columbus, but in recent years, the main focus of the holiday shifted towards memorating the struggles of the indigenous population.

Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November)

Celebrates the blessings of the past year – the holiday that brings the whole family together.

Christmas

Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

Past federal holiday dates

2021

  • New Year’s Day: January 1, 2021
  • MLK Day: January 18, 2021
  • Washington’s Birthday: February 15, 2021
  • Memorial Day: May 31, 2021
  • Juneteenth: June 19, 2021
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2021
  • Labor Day: September 6, 2021
  • Columbus Day: October 11, 2021
  • Veterans Day: November 11, 2021
  • Thanksgiving: November 25, 2021
  • Christmas: December 25, 2021

2020

  • New Year’s Day: January 1, 2020
  • MLK Day: January 20, 2020
  • Washington’s Birthday: February 17, 2020
  • Memorial Day: May 25, 2020
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2020
  • Labor Day: September 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day: October 12, 2020
  • Veterans Day: November 11, 2020
  • Thanksgiving: November 26, 2020
  • Christmas: December 25, 2020

2019

  • New Year’s Day: January 1, 2019
  • MLK Day: January 21, 2019
  • Washington’s Birthday: February 18, 2019
  • Memorial Day: May 27, 2019
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2019
  • Labor Day: September 2, 2019
  • Columbus Day: October 14, 2019
  • Veterans Day: November 11, 2019
  • Thanksgiving: November 28, 2019
  • Christmas: December 25, 2019

2018

  • New Year’s Day: January 1, 2018
  • MLK Day: January 15, 2018
  • Washington’s Birthday: February 19, 2018
  • Memorial Day: May 28, 2018
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2018
  • Labor Day: September 3, 2018
  • Columbus Day: October 8, 2018
  • Veterans Day: November 11, 2018
  • Thanksgiving: November 22, 2018
  • Christmas: December 25, 2018

2017

  • New Year’s Day: January 1, 2017
  • MLK Day: January 16, 2017
  • Washington’s Birthday: February 20, 2017
  • Memorial Day: May 29, 2017
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2017
  • Labor Day: September 4, 2017
  • Columbus Day: October 9, 2017
  • Veterans Day: November 10, 2017
  • Thanksgiving: November 23, 2017
  • Christmas: December 25, 2017

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