Arkansas observes the following as official holidays on which state offices, schools, most banks, and many private businesses close:
|January 1 ||New Year's Day |
|Third Monday in January ||Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday and Robert E. Lee's Birthday |
|Third Monday in February ||George Washington's Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day |
|Last Monday in May ||Memorial Day |
|July 4 ||Independence Day |
|First Monday in September ||Labor Day |
|November 11 ||Veterans Day |
|Fourth Thursday in November ||Thanksgiving Day |
|December 24 ||Christmas Eve |
|December 25 ||Christmas Day |
If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday; if a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday (AR Code Sec. 1-5-101).
A state employee is also granted one holiday to observe his or her birthday.
All state offices are to be closed on the legal holidays, and employees are not required to work unless they are essential to the preservation and protection of the public peace, health, and safety. Also, various constitutional officers may use their own discretion in the matter of closing their offices on legal holidays. Any state employee who is required to work on a legal holiday, for any reason, is entitled to equivalent time off at a later date. Employees of state-supported institutions of higher learning may be required to work on any of the legal holidays established, but they will be entitled to equivalent time off on another date (AR Code Sec. 1-5-102).
Arkansas law does not require private employers to provide paid holidays or vacation to their employees.
Reviewed September 2015.