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2001 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).

Monday, January 1 New Year's Day  New Year's Day
Monday, January 15 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King
Monday, February 19 Washington's Birthday George Washington
Monday, May 28 Memorial Day Memorial Day - See Our Commemoration Page
Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day  Independence Day
Monday, September 3 Labor Day  Labor day
Monday, October 8 Columbus Day  Christopher Columbus
Monday, November 12* Veterans Day Veterans Day
Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Day  Thanksgiving Day
Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day  Xmas Day

Inauguration Day, January 20, 2001, falls on a Saturday. An employee who works in the District of Columbia, Montgomery or Prince Georges Counties in Maryland, Arlington or Fairfax Counties in Virginia, or the cities of Alexandria or Fairfax in Virginia, and who is regularly scheduled to perform non-overtime work on Inauguration Day, is entitled to a holiday. There is no in-lieu-of holiday for employees who are not regularly scheduled to work on Inauguration 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.

* November 11, 2001 (the legal public holiday for Veterans Day), falls on a Sunday. For most Federal employees, Monday, November 12, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See Executive Order 11582 of February 11, 1971.)

Federal Holidays Home Page

Page updated 11 October 2002