South Carolina observes the following as official holidays:
|January 1 ||New Year's Day |
|Third Monday in January ||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day |
|Third Monday in February ||Washington's Birthday/President's Day |
|May 10 ||Confederate Memorial Day |
|Last Monday in May ||National Memorial Day |
|July 4 ||Independence Day |
|First Monday in September ||Labor Day |
|November 11 ||Veterans Day |
|Fourth Thursday in November ||Thanksgiving Day |
|Friday after Thanksgiving ||Day after Thanksgiving |
|December 24 ||Christmas Eve |
|December 25 ||Christmas Day |
|December 26 ||Day after Christmas |
When a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, the next day is observed as the paid day off. When a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding day is observed as the holiday (S.C. Code Ann. Sec. 53-5-10, 53-5-30).
South Carolina government offices are closed on these holidays, and state employees are entitled to these days as paid days off.
Private employers are not obligated by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off. However, most employers observe several paid holidays.