2022 & 2023 Federal Holidays (and Pay Policies)

2022 & 2023 Federal Holidays (and Pay Policies)

Who would choose to continue working without getting a break from it every now and then? The truth is that a good break from work can actually refresh your mind and make you more productive upon your return. To help you navigate this terrain, we’ve compiled some information on the 2022 & 2023 Federal Holidays and the pay policies. 


Federal Holiday Policies

According to the Federal Government, employees get 11 paid holidays every year. If one of these federal holidays falls on a weekend, it can be observed on Friday (if it falls on a Sunday) or Monday (if it falls on a Saturday). Your State and local laws could be different, and you can check those with the Department of Labor.


In the private sector, employers often provide these federal holidays, but the pay options are up to their discretion. That means these holidays could be paid, unpaid, or paid for working on a holiday. Private companies aren’t legally required to close for federal holidays or to compensate employees with PTO.  


List of Federal Holidays

These are the holidays recognized by the Federal Government:


  • New Year's Day (January 1)

  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January)

  • Washington's Birthday (Third Monday in February)

  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)

  • Juneteenth National Independence Day (June 19)

  • Independence Day (July 4)

  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)

  • Columbus Day (also observed as Indigenous Peoples Day) (Second Monday in October)

  • Veterans Day (November 11)

  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)

  • Christmas Day (December 25)

  • Every four years, Inauguration Day is marked as a paid federal holiday. It’s held on January 20th (or 21st if 20th is a Sunday).


Federal Holiday Dates for 2022

In 2022, the federal holidays are as follows:


  • New Year’s Day – Friday, December 31

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 17

  • Washington's Birthday - Monday, February 21

  • Memorial Day - Monday, May 30

  • Juneteenth - Monday, June 20

  • Independence Day - Monday, July 4

  • Labor Day - Monday, September 5

  • Columbus Day - Monday, October 10 

  • Veterans Day - Friday, November 11

  • Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24

  • Christmas Day - Monday, December 26


Federal Holiday Dates for 2023

In 2022, the federal holidays are as follows:


  • New Year’s Day - Monday, January 2 

  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Monday, January 16 

  • Washington’s Birthday - Monday, February 20 

  • Memorial Day - Monday, May 29 

  • Juneteenth National Independence Day - Monday, June 19 

  • Independence Day - Tuesday, July 4 

  • Labor Day - Monday, September 4

  • Columbus Day - Monday, October 9 

  • Veterans Day - Friday, November 10 

  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 23 

  • Christmas Day - Monday, December 25 


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