Colorado observes the following as official holidays (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-11-101):
|January 1 ||New Year's Day |
|Third Monday in January ||Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day |
|Third Monday in February ||Presidents' Day |
|Last Monday in May ||Memorial Day |
|July 4 ||Independence Day |
|First Monday in September ||Labor Day |
|Second Monday in October ||Columbus Day |
|November 11 ||Veterans Day |
|Fourth Thursday in November ||Thanksgiving Day |
|December 25 ||Christmas Day |
In addition to the holidays noted, the governor or president of the United States may appoint additional holidays.
State employers. By law, employees of the government of Colorado are entitled to days noted as paid days off. State employees required to work on any of these holidays must be given an alternate day off, or paid according to the state's personnel system or fiscal rules.
March 31, Cesar Chavez Day. State employees may have this day off with pay in lieu of any other legal holiday that occurs on a weekday in the same fiscal year (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-11-112).
Private employers. Private employers are not required by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off; however, the vast majority of Colorado employers do observe at least seven paid holidays.
When a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following day.
Reviewed April 2015.