New Hampshire Holidays: What you need to know

New Hampshire observes the following as official holidays:
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January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr. / Civil Rights Day
Third Monday in February Presidents' Day
Last Monday in May Memorial Day (or to coincide with federal observance)
July 4 Independence Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
Second Monday in October Columbus Day
Biennial Election Day
November 11 Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day
When a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday (NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 288:1, Sec. 288:2).
Any veteran who has received an honorable discharge from the United States armed forces must be given the opportunity to take off on Veterans Day without penalty, as long as the employee gives advance notice in accordance with the employer's policies and procedures (NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 115-A:29). Emergency responders who received an honorable discharge from the armed forces must also be given an opportunity to take off on Veterans Day, as long as there is another qualified emergency responder available. The law does not require an employer to pay a veteran if he or she chooses to take off on Veterans Day.
In addition to the above noted holidays, state employees who are employed on a full-time basis are eligible for floating holidays under the collective bargaining agreement for the State Employees’ Association of New Hampshire.
Reviewed April 2015.

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