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US and Canadian Holidays

Here are US Federal, Canadian and other commonly celebrated days. Daylight Savings Time information is here.

2010 US Federal Holidays

  • January 1, 2010 (friday): New Year's Day [Jan. 1 every year]
  • January 18, 2010 (monday): Martin Luther King Day [3rd monday in Jan]
  • February 15, 2010 (monday): Presidents Day (observed) [3rd monday in Feb]
    note: Presidents Day is also Washington's Birthday (observed)
  • May 31, 2010 (monday): Memorial Day (observed) [last monday in May]
  • July 4, 2010 (sunday): Independence Day [July 4th every year]
  • July 5, 2010 (monday): federal employees extra day off for July 4th
  • September 6, 2010 (monday): Labor Day [1st monday in Sept]
  • October 11, 2010 (monday): Columbus Day (observed) [2nd monday in Oct]
  • November 11, 2010 (thursday): Veterans' Day [Nov. 11 every year]
  • November 25, 2010 (thursday): Thanksgiving Day [4th thursday in Nov]
  • December 24, 2010 (friday): federal employees extra day off for Christmas
  • December 25, 2010 (saturday): Christmas Day [Dec. 25 every year]

2011 US Federal Holidays

  • January 1, 2011 (saturday): New Year's Day [Jan. 1 every year]
  • January 17, 2011 (monday): Martin Luther King Day [3rd monday in Jan]
  • February 21, 2011 (monday): Presidents Day (observed) [3rd monday in Feb]
    Note: Presidents Day is also Washington's Birthday (observed)
  • May 30, 2011 (monday): Memorial Day (observed) [last monday in May]
  • July 4, 2011 (monday): Independence Day [July 4th every year]
  • September 5, 2011 (monday): Labor Day [1st monday in Sept]
  • October 10, 2011 (monday): Columbus Day (observed) [2nd monday in Oct]
  • November 11, 2011 (friday): Veterans' Day [Nov. 11 every year]
  • November 24, 2011 (thursday): Thanksgiving Day [4th thursday in Nov]
  • December 25, 2011 (sunday): Christmas Day [Dec. 25 every year]
  • December 26, 2011 (monday): federal employees extra day off for Christmas

Extra Federal Holiday every 4th year: Inauguration Day - next on January 21, 2013. It happens on Jan 20th after the U.S. Presedential Election, held every 4 years. Since January 20th in 2013 is on a sunday, observance is on monday, Jan 21st.

Be Aware if a federal public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
Sometimes ... many Federal, State, City, Postal, Bank employees, other workers take an extra day off work. When a holiday falls on saturday, they might not work on the preceding friday. When a holiday falls on sunday, they might not work on the following monday. See July 4th and Christmas in 2010 above.

Candian Holidays

At the national level

  2010 2011
New Year's Day Jan. 1 Jan. 1
Good Friday April 2 April 22
Easter Monday April 5 April 25
Victoria Day
(Monday preceding
May 25)
May 24 May 23
Canada Day * July 1 July 1
Labour Day
(first Monday
of September)
Sept. 6 Sept. 5
Thanksgiving Day
(second Monday
of October)
Oct. 11 Oct. 10
Remembrance Day Nov. 11 Nov. 11
Christmas Dec. 25 Dec. 25
Boxing Day Dec. 26 Dec. 26

Other Holidays and Important Dates

  • Groundhog Day, February 2
  • Lincoln's Birthday, February 12
  • Valentine's Day, February 14
  • Washington's Birthday, February 22
  • St. Patrick's Day, March 17
  • April Fools's Day, April 1
  • Earth Day, April 22 (since 1970; see Earthday.net)
  • Administrative Assistants' Day, which once upon a time was Secretaries' Day, is the Wednesday of the last full week of April (that is, the Wednesday before the last Saturday in April) since 1955; see this site for more information.
  • Arbor Day is often the last Friday in April (since 1872), but since planting conditions vary, it may occur from September to May; please consult the National Arbor Day Foundation's list of Arbor Day Dates.
  • Mothers' Day, second Sunday in May
  • Fathers' Day, third Sunday in June
  • Parents' Day, fourth Sunday in July
  • Grandparents' Day, Sunday after Labor Day
  • Columbus Day (traditional), October 12
  • United Nations Day, October 24
  • Halloween, October 31

Daylight Savings Time

In the US, Daylight Savings Time is observed as follows:

Beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time is extended one month and begins for most of the United States at 2 am on the Second Sunday in March and lasts until 2 am on the First Sunday of November.