The United States (federal country) is divided into 50 states with their local authority. Therefore, days off work are decided both by the federal and local governments and may vary between different states. Except for the eleven fixed federal holidays, each state may establish additional holidays. Learn more about the federal holidays in the USA 2024.
Federal Holidays in the USA 2024
New Year’s Day
January 1st, 2024
New Year’s Day is a day to celebrate the beginning of a new year. Most states also allow the day before (December 31st) to be off.
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15th, 2024
The day celebrates the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., a person of significant influence on the social position of African Americans in the States. The day is celebrated with parades and volunteer service.
February 19th, 2024
It is a holiday set to celebrate the birthday of George Washington, the Founding Father and the first president of the United States. It never falls on Washington’s actual date of birth, and Americans celebrate this holiday as a day to honor all presidents of the United States.
May 27th, 2024
Memorial Day honors the memory of all deceased personnel in service of the United States armed forces and is celebrated with military-themed parades and marching bands. The day is recognized as the unofficial start of summer.
Juneteenth National Independence Day
June 19th, 2024
It is a national holiday to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans back in 1865. The holiday is celebrated joyfully by organizing fairs, street festivals, and other celebratory events.
July 4th, 2024
The day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is celebrated with nationwide picnics, cookouts, parades, and fireworks show at night.
September 2nd, 2024
The day is a celebration of the American labor movement and is recognized as the unofficial end of summer.
October 14th, 2024
The day celebrates the first arrival of Christopher Columbus in America. Nowadays, in some parts of the USA, on this holiday, people celebrate Native Americans or other cultures that came from outside of the continent.
November 11th, 2024
It is a holiday to celebrate all honorably discharged military veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
November 28th, 2024
Thanksgiving Day falls on the fourth Thursday of November. It celebrates the bountiful harvest and other blessings of the past year. The custom is to eat a turkey during a festive dinner with the family.
December 25th, 2024
Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world. Nowadays, most people associate the holidays with shopping sprees and gift-giving, but still, a great part of them celebrate the day with various religious traditions.
Holidays in the USA 2024 – calendar
As mentioned earlier, every one of the states has also observed local holidays with paid time off for employees. For example, in Nebraska State, apart from the holidays mentioned above, the employees will have time off on Arbor Day (the last Friday in April) and the day after Thanksgiving. Remember to check the dates of these holidays as well.
Before traveling to the USA or planning anything business related, remember to check the dates of upcoming holidays and work around them. Days off work can influence both business and stock trades. Do not let yourself be surprised by any unexpected holiday.
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