Maryland observes the following as official holidays:
|January 1 || New Year's Day |
|3rd Monday of January ||Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday |
|3rd Monday in February ||Presidents' Day |
|Last Monday of May ||Memorial Day |
|July 4 ||Independence Day |
|1st Monday in September ||Labor Day |
|2nd Monday in October ||Columbus Day |
|November 11 ||Veterans' Day |
|4th Thursday in November ||Thanksgiving Day |
|Friday following Thanksgiving Day ||American Indian Heritage Day |
| December 25 ||Christmas |
| Each statewide general election day in the state ||Statewide election day |
State employers. By law, employees of the government of Maryland are entitled to holiday leave with pay for the days noted above. (MD Code, State Personnel & Pensions, Sec. 9-203).
Private employers. Private employers are not obligated by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off. However, the majority of Maryland employers do observe at least 6 paid holidays.
When a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following day; when it falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday (MD Code, State Personnel & Pensions, Sec. 9-204).