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2003 Federal Holidays

Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the following public holidays for Federal employees.  Please note that most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule.  For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonworkday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).

Wednesday, January 1 New Year's Day  New Year's Day
Monday, January 20 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King
Monday, February 17 Washington's Birthday George Washington
Monday, May 26 Memorial Day Memorial Day - See Our Commemoration Page
Friday, July 4 Independence Day  Independence Day
Monday, September 1 Labor Day  Labor day
Monday, October 13 Columbus Day  Christopher Columbus
Tuesday, November 11 Veterans Day  Veterans Day
Thursday, November 27 Thanksgiving Day  Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, December 25 Christmas Day  Xmas Day

This holiday is designated as "Washington's Birthday" in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.


Federal Holidays Home Page


Created 4 January  2001