2022 U.S. Federal Holidays

2022 US federal holidays

There are 12 U.S. federal holidays celebrated each year. The United States Congress established federal holidays. Employees who are employed through the federal government are given off federal-related holidays. Employee settings that recognize federal holidays include federal offices and buildings to be closed during these days. The following holidays do not include other holidays that certain states and cities possibly observe as local holidays. In addition to Federal Holidays, there are also Business Holidays that are slightly different.

Day Date Holiday
Saturday January 1 New Year's Day
Monday January 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday February 21 Presidents Day
Monday May 30 Memorial Day
Sunday (Observed on Monday) June 19 Juneteenth 
Monday July 4 Independence Day
Monday September 5 Labor Day
Monday October 10 Columbus Day
Friday November 11 Veterans Day
Thursday November 24 Thanksgiving
Sunday (Observed on Monday) December 25 Christmas

Holidays that fall on a weekend are observed on a weekday. For example, if the holiday itself is on a Sunday, it's observed on the following Monday since Sunday is considered a non-working day for federal employees. However, if a holiday falls on a non-working day such as a Saturday, the holiday is typically observed on the preceding Friday. This year in 2022, Christmas day falls on a Sunday, which results in the holiday being observed by federal employees on the following Monday, December 26th. Employees employed through the federal government receive compensation for their time off, also known as a paid holiday.

Federal holidays were implemented by Congress in 1870 with only 4 original holidays created. These holidays included New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Christmas and Thanksgiving. The remaining holidays were incorporated between 1870 through 2021, with Juneteenth being the last U.S. federal holiday being added.

Fun Fact:

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.