United States Business Holidays

In the United States, there are 6 business holidays that are observed. Although not required, about 96% of all U.S. businesses honor these holidays by giving employees paid time off. These holidays are New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.

We often get the question, is Black Friday a holiday, or is Christmas eve a business holiday. Here we look at paid time off (holiday) statistics from U.S. businesses and state policies to let you decide. Black Friday is a public holiday in more than 20 states and about 75% of businesses are closed on that day. Christmas Eve closely trails at 62% business closure.

Holiday *Participation Date
New Year’s Day 96% Tuesday, January 1
Memorial Day 95% Monday, May 27
Independence Day 97% Thursday, July 4
Labor Day 95% Monday, September 2
Thanksgiving Day 97% Thursday, November 28
Christmas Day 94% Wednesday, December 25
*This is the percentage us U.S. businesses that offer paid time off for the holiday.

2018 Business Holidays

Holiday   Date
New Year’s Day   Monday, January 1
Memorial Day   Monday, May 28
Independence Day   Wednesday, July 4
Labor Day   Monday, September 3
Thanksgiving Day   Thursday, November 22
Christmas Day   Tuesday, December 25

2017 Business Holidays

Holiday   Date
New Year’s Day   Monday, January 2
Memorial Day   Monday, May 29
Independence Day   Tuesday, July 4
Labor Day   Monday, September 4
Thanksgiving Day   Thursday, November 23
Christmas Day   Monday, December 25

2016 Business Holidays

Holiday   Date
New Year’s Day   Friday, January 1
Memorial Day   Monday, May 30
Independence Day   Monday, July 4
Labor Day   Monday, September 5
Thanksgiving Day   Thursday, November 24
Christmas Day   Monday, December 26

2015 Business Holidays

Holiday   Date
New Year’s Day   Thursday, January 1
Memorial Day   Monday, May 25
Independence Day   Friday, July 3
Labor Day   Monday, September 7
Thanksgiving Day   Thursday, November 26
Christmas Day   Friday, December 25

List of Holidays And Business Observation Statistics

Holiday Fixed Percentage Of Businesses Offering PTO Details
New Years Day Fixed 96% Falls on the 1st day of each year.
Memorial Day Floating 95% always observed on the last Monday of May
Independence Day Fixed 97% always falls on the 4th of July.
Labor Day Floating 95% Floating is always observed on the 1st Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day Floating 97% is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November
Christmas Day Fixed 94% Is always the 25th of December.
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