If you're planning a trip to the United States of America, it's worth considering the dates of the
American public holidays.
The USA has eleven Federal holidays - ten that are annual and one that happens
every four years (Inauguration Day).
In general, when a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday the holiday is usually observed on
Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).
Ultimately, it is up to each state to decide whether, when and how each of these Federal
holidays is observed.
In addition, individual states have their own holidays such as Alaska Day, Truman Day in
Missouri, Good Friday in Louisiana, and Mardi Gras in several states including Mississippi.
Unlike in many European countries, the United States are fairly relaxed about observance of these holidays.
Most retailers, for example, are closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas, whilst private businesses often only
observe the so called "big six" holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas).
American Public Holidays & Bank Holidays
Sunday January 1 - New Year's Day
Monday January 16 - Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday February 20 - Washingtons Birthday (Presidents Day)
Monday May 28 - Memorial Day
Monday July 4 - Independence Day
Monday September 3 - Labor Day
Monday October 8 - Columbus Day
Sunday November 11 - Veterans Day
Thursday November 22 - Thanksgiving Day
Tuesday December 25 - Christmas Day
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Tuesday January 1st 2013 - New Year's Day
Monday January 21st 2013 - Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday February 18th 2013 - Washingtons Birthday Presidents Day
Monday May 27th 2013 - Memorial Day
Thursday July 4th 2013 - Independence Day
Monday September 2nd 2013 - Labor Day
Monday October 14th 2013 - Columbus Day
Monday November 11th 2013 - Veterans Day
Thursday November 21st 2013 - Thanksgiving Day
Wednesday December 25th 2013 - Christmas Day
Tuesday December 31st 2013 - Christmas
To view public holidays for other countries & locations in the world, try our Worldwide Public Holidays section