North Carolina observes the following as public holidays:
|January 1 ||New Year's Day |
|3rd Monday of January ||Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday |
|3rd Monday in February ||Washington's Birthday |
|Friday before Easter ||Good Friday |
|Last Monday of May ||Memorial Day |
|July 4 ||Independence Day |
|1st Monday in September ||Labor Day |
|2nd Monday in October ||Columbus Day |
|Tuesday after the first Monday in November in years in which a general election day is held ||Election Day |
|November 11 ||Veterans Day |
|4th Thursday in November ||Thanksgiving Day |
|Friday after Thanksgiving ||Day after Thanksgiving |
|December 25 ||Christmas |
Whenever any public holiday falls on Sunday, it is observed the following Monday; when it falls on a Saturday, it is observed the preceding Friday.
State employers. By law, employees of the government of North Carolina are entitled to a maximum of 11 paid days off, except when Christmas falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. In that case, a maximum of 12 paid days off may be established for state employees (N.C. Gen. Stat. Sec. 126-4).
Private employers. Private employers are not obligated by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off. However, the majority of North Carolina employers do observe at least 6 paid holidays.