Table 8.7

Paid Holidays

FIPS State Major
holidays (a)
Martin Luther
Birthday (b)
Birthday (c)
Day (d)
Day (e)
Day after
Day before
or after
Day before
or after
New Year's
Election Day (f) Other (g)
































33New Hampshire✓(h)

34New Jersey

35New Mexico(o)

36New York(j)

37North Carolina

38North Dakota





44Rhode Island

45South Carolina

46South Dakota







54West Virginia



11Dist. of Columbia

60American Samoa



72Puerto Rico

78U.S. Virgin Islands



The Council of State Governments' survey of state personnel office websites, August 2021.


In some states, the governor may proclaim additional holidays or select from a number of holidays for observance by state employees. In some states, the list of paid holidays is determined by the personnel department at the beginning of each year; as a result, the number of holidays may change from year to year. Number of paid holidays may also vary across some employee classifications. If a holiday falls on a weekend, generally employees get the day preceding or following.


* Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
** Holidays in addition to any other authorized paid personal leave granted state employees.
Paid holiday granted.
Paid holiday not granted.



New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


Third Monday in January.


Generally, third Monday in February; Washington’s Birthday or President’s Day. In some states the holiday is called President’s Day or Washington-Lincoln Day. Most frequently, this day recognizes George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.


Last Monday in May in all states indicated. Generally, states follow the federal government’s observance (last Monday in May) rather than the traditional Memorial Day (May 30).


Second Monday in October.


General election day only, unless otherwise indicated. In Indiana, primary and general election days.


Additional holidays:

Alabama – Mardi Gras Day (Baldwin and Mobile counties only)(day before Ash Wednesday), Robert E. Lee’s Birthday clebrated with MLK day, Confederate Memorial Day (fourth Monday in April), Jefferson Davis’ Birthday (first Monday in June) and Juneteenth (June 19). Columbus Day is also celebrated as Fraternal Day and American Indian Heritage Day.

Alaska – Seward’s Day (last Monday in March), Alaska Day (October 18).

Arkansas – Employee is granted one holiday to observe his or her birthday.

California – César Chávez Day (March 31), one personal holiday (employees become eligible for a personal holiday once they have completed six months of state employment).

Colorado – State employees may have César Chávez Day (March 31) off in lieu of any other legal holiday that occurs on a weekday in the same fiscal year, Juneteenth (June 19) and Francis Xavier Cabrini Day (first Monday in October).

Delaware – Juneteenth (June 19), Eligible employees are granted two floating holidays per calendar year, Return Day after 12:00 noon (second day after a general election) in Sussex County only.

Florida – Full-time employees are entitled to one personal holiday each year. Personal holidays are credited to eligible employees on July 1, and must be taken by the employee by June 30 of each year.

Georgia – Juneteenth (June 19) and State Holiday will be observed on April 15 and November 25 in 2022.

Hawaii – Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day (March 26), King Kamehameha I Day (June 11), Statehood Day (third Friday in August).

Idaho – Juneteenth (June 19).

Illinois – Juneteenth (June 19).

Iowa – State employees are granted two days of paid leave each year to be added to the vacation allowance and accrued under certain provisions.

Kansas – One discretionary holiday that can be used any time during the calendar year.

Louisiana – Mardi Gras Day (Tuesday before Ash Wednesday), Inauguration Day (every four years, in Baton Rouge only).

Maine – Patriot’s Day (third Monday in April).

Massachusetts – Patriot’s Day (third Monday in April), Juneteenth Independence Day (June 19), Evacuation Day (March 17 – Suffolk County only), Bunker Hill Day (June 17 – Suffolk County only).

Minnesota – Regular and temporary employees with at least six months of employment shall receive two floating holidays each payroll year.

Mississippi – Confederate Memorial Day (last Monday in April).

Missouri – Harry Truman’s Birthday (May 8).

Nebraska – Arbor Day (last Friday in April).

Nevada – Nevada Day (last Friday in October).

New Hampshire – Employees who are employed on a full-time basis are eligible for two or three floating holidays, depending on the agency and whether the employee is in a represented bargaining unit.

New Jersey – Juneteenth (June 19).

New York – Juneteenth (June 19).

Ohio – Juneteenth (June 19).

Oregon — Juneteenth (June 19).

Pennsylvania — Juneteenth (June 19).

Rhode Island – Victory Day (second Monday in August).

South Carolina – Confederate Memorial Day (May 10).

South Dakota – Juneteenth (June 19).

Texas – The following are partial staffing holidays: Confederate Heroes Day (January 19), Texas Independence Day (March 2), San Jacinto Day (April 21), Emancipation Day in Texas (June 19) and Lyndon Baines Johnson Day (August 27). Staff offices are scheduled to be open on partial staffing holidays and optional holidays. An employee may observe optional holidays in lieu of any partial staffing holiday on which state offices are required to be open to conduct public business. Optional holidays include Cesar Chavez Day (March 31), Good Friday, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Utah – Juneteenth (June 19) and Pioneer Day (July 24).

Vermont – Town Meeting Day (first Tuesday in March), Bennington Battle Day (August 16).

Virginia – Juneteenth (June 19).

Washington – Juneteenth (June 19), observed June 20. One additional paid holiday per calendar year.

West Virginia – West Virginia Day (June 20).

District of Columbia – Presidential Inauguration Day (January 20), District of Columbia Emancipation Day (April 16) and Juneteenth (June 19).

American Samoa – American Samoa Flag Day (April 17), Manu’a Cession Day (July 16).

Guam – Guam History & Chamorro Heritage Day (March 7), Liberation Day (July 21), All Souls’ Day (November 2) and Santa Marian Kamalen Day (December 8).

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands – Commonwealth Covenant Day (March 24), Juneteenth National Independence Day (June 20), Citizenship Day (November 4) and Constitution Day (December 8).

Puerto Rico – Three Kings Day (January 6), Presidents’ Day and Puerto Rican Heroes (February 21), American Citizenship Day (March 2), Emancipation Day (March 22), Juneteenth (June 19), Constitution or Puerto Rico Day (July 25), Birthday of Dr. José Celso Barbosa (July 27) and Discovery of Puerto Rico (November 19).

U.S. Virgin Islands – Three Kings Day (January 6), Holy Thursday (Thursday before Good Friday), Transfer Day (March 31), Easter Monday (Monday after Easter), Emancipation Day (July 3), Liberty Day (November 1).


In Alabama and Mississippi also celebrate the day as Robert E. Lee’s Birthday. In Idaho, also celebrated as Idaho Human Rights Day. In New Hampshire, also celebrated as Civil Rights Day.


In Alabama, celebrated as George Washington’s and Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday. In Arkansas, celebrated as George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day.


The state has designated Lincoln’s birthday as a floating holiday in 2021 for state employees in certain bargaining units.


At the discretion of the governor.


In Georgia, Washington’s Birthday is observed the day before Christmas and State Holiday is observed on Good Friday and the day after Thanksgiving.


In Indiana, Lincoln’s Birthday is observed on the day after Thanksgiving, and Washington’s Birthday is observed the day before Christmas.


In Kentucky, half day.


In New Mexico, President’s Day is observed on the day after Thanksgiving.


In North Dakota, state offices close at noon on Christmas Eve when it falls on Monday through Thursday.


Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 4-4-105(a)(3), the Governor has designated that the Friday after Thanksgiving shall be substituted for the Columbus Day holiday. In 2021, the governor approved an additional day of closure to observe Christmas Eve and Christmas.


In Texas, Good Friday is an optional holiday. An employee is entitled to observe optional holidays in lieu of any partial staffing holiday in which state offices are required to be open to conduct public business.


Half day on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve (closes at noon).


Tuesday after first Monday in November of presidential election years.


Acadian Day is Friday after Thanksgiving; General Election Day is a state holiday the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years.


Also celebrated as Jefferson Davis’ Birthday.


Employees are allowed up to two hours paid administrative leave to vote.


Three days when Christmas Day falls on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday; two days when Christmas Day falls on Friday or Monday.


Celebrated as Native Americans’ Day since 1990.


First Tuesday in November, even numbered years.


Observed as American Indian Heritage Day in Maryland and Native American Heritage Day in Washington.


Observed as Boxing Day.


Observed as Family Day.


Most state offices will be closed the day after Thanksgiving.


At the discretion of the governor. A paid holiday will be granted on the day before Christmas for 2021.


Celebrated as Commonwealth Cultural Day.


Also celebrated as V.I./P.R. Friendship Day.


Observed as Indigenous Peoples Day.


Observed as Day of Race.