Federal Holidays

Federal Holidays 2021

The dates of federal holidays in 2021 are certain now. During the federal holidays, some banks and other institutions such as government offices may be closed. It is important to know about when the federal holidays are so you don’t have any unfinished business.

There is also the business aspect of federal holidays. Although employers aren’t required to give day-off to employees in federal holidays, most do. However, by no means, employers aren’t required to grant days-off to employees during federal holidays.

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While we have a total of 10 federal holidays, not all of them will grant days off. For example, most employers choose not to give their employees time off on Memorial Day or Veterans Day but do so for Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s, and Labor Day. This is the case with most private-sector businesses. On the other hand, most government offices including schools are closed in all ten federal holidays.

Here are the dates of federal holidays in 2021.

DateFederal Holiday Observed
January 1stNew Year’s Day
January 18thBirthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK Day)
February 15thWashington’s Birthday
May 31stMemorial Day
July 4thIndependence Day (4th of July)
September 6thLabor Day
October 11st Columbus Day
November 11stVeterans Day
November 25thThanksgiving Day
December 25thChristmas Day
2021 Federal Holiday Dates

It is good to know that when a federal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the next Monday or when falls on a Saturday, it is observed on Friday. The same goes for government offices as far as whether or not they are closed. For example, the IRS offices will be closed on a Friday if the Thanksgiving falls on a Saturday.

Since the dates are given above, you don’t need to keep track of when the 2021 federal holidays are.

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