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2005 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).


Friday, December 31, 2004 * New Year's Day New Year's Day
Monday, January 17 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King
Monday, February 21 Washington's Birthday
George Washington
Monday, May 30 Memorial Day Memorial Day - See Our Commemoration Page
Monday, July 4 Independence Day  Independence Day
Monday, September 5 Labor Day  Labor day
Monday, October 10 Columbus Day  Christopher Columbus
Friday, November 11 Veterans Day  Veterans Day
Thursday, November 24 Thanksgiving Day  Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 26 ** Christmas Day Xmas Day

* January 1, 2005 (the legal public holiday for New Years Day) falls on a Saturday.  For most Federal employees, Friday, December 31, 2004, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes.  It does not matter that December 31, 2004 is in the prior calendar year.  (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).)

Inauguration Day, January 20, 2005, falls on a Thursday. An employee who works in the District of Columbia, Montgomery or Prince George's 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.

** December 25, 2005, ( the legal public holiday for Christmas Day) falls on a Sunday.  For most Federal employees, Monday, December 26, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes.  (See Executive Order 11582 of February 11, 1971.)


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