New Jersey observes the following as official holidays:
|January 1 ||New Year's Day |
|Third Monday in January ||Martin Luther King's Birthday |
|February 12 ||Lincoln's Birthday |
|Third Monday in February ||Washington's Birthday, Presidents' Day |
|Friday before Easter ||Good Friday |
|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 |
|Also included as legal holidays are: ||Any General Election Day and any Saturday after 12:00 p.m. and Sunday |
If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, the next day is observed as the holiday; if a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is observed as the holiday. In addition to the holidays noted above, the state's governor or the president of the United States may appoint, order, or recommend additional holidays (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 36:1-1 et seq.).
New Jersey state government offices are closed on these holidays, and state employees are entitled to these as paid days off, except for Lincoln's Birthday
Private employers are not obligated by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off. However, most employers observe at least six paid holidays.
Last reviewed on October 31, 2016.