How To Get a List of Federal Holidays

The United States celebrates a lot of holidays. It may be quite confusing since some of the holidays are celebrated during days that are not exactly marked by dates but by other factors such as the day of the week on which the holiday falls on. Since school and businesses are usually closed on these Federal holidays, it is important to take note of them to make sure that you don't make that unfortunate trip to the bank or school only to find out that it's closed for the day. This article will summarize the list of federal holidays for the next four years.

January 1 is New Year's Day is observed on this day regardless of the day it falls on. This is to commemorate the first day of the new year according to the Gregorian calendar.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated during the third Monday of January. Americans commemorate this event by giving honor to Dr. King along with the many others who worked hard for equality and the forwarding of civil rights in the United States. It is also used by many groups as a platform to elevate their concerns regarding the continuing trend of inequality in the country. This holiday will be observed on the following dates:

  • 2009 - January 19
  • 2010 - January 18
  • 2011 - January 17
  • 2012 - January 16
  • 2013 - January 21

George Washington Day is celebrated during the third Monday of February. He was the United States' first President. This holiday also changes every year. Here is the five year schedule for George Washington Day:

  • 2009 - February 16
  • 2010 - February 15
  • 2011 - February 21
  • 2012 - February 20
  • 2013 - February 18

Memorial Day is to remember all those who have served in the military and various volunteer outfits through the toughest times of American History. It is usually pegged on the last Monday of May.

  • 2009 - May 25
  • 2010 - May 31
  • 2011 - May 30
  • 2012 - May 28
  • 2013 - May 27

Fourth of July is the day Americans celebrate their Day of Independence. This is one of the biggest holidays in the U.S. calendar. This holiday is always celebrated on July 4 regardless of what day it falls in.

Labor Day is celebrated during the first Monday of September. This occasion is used to commemorate those who have worked hard to make the U.S. economically strong and potent. This holiday changes dates from year to year.

  • 2009 - September 7
  • 2010 - September 6
  • 2011 - September 5
  • 2012 - September 3
  • 2013 - September 2

Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October.

  • 2009 - October 12
  • 2010 - October 11
  • 2011 - October 10
  • 2012 - October 8
  • 2013 - October 14

Veteran's Day is observed on the 11th of November regardless of what day it is.

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.  It is among the most revered holidays in the U.S. calendar. Make sure that you take note of these dates:

  • 2009 - November 26
  • 2010 - November 25
  • 2011 - November 24
  • 2012 - November 22
  • 2013 - November 28

Christmas Day is traditionally celebrated on the 25th of December. During the times that it falls on a weekend, the holiday is usually moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.

Keep these dates on your organizer, phone or computer calendar to make sure that you're aware of the holidays in the U.S. schedule.


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