California 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 ||Presidents' Day |
|March 31 ||Cesar Chavez Day |
|Last Monday in May ||Memorial Day |
|July 4 ||Independence Day |
|First Monday in September ||Labor Day |
|November 11 ||Veteran's Day |
|Fourth Thursday in November ||Thanksgiving Day |
|Friday after Thanksgiving |
|December 25 ||Christmas Day |
If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the next Monday; if November 11 falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday. (CA Gov. Code Sec. 19853).
State employers. California state offices are closed and state employees are entitled to the days noted as paid days off. Employees who must work on those days are entitled to compensatory time off. If some other agreement regarding holiday time is established between the employer and the recognized employee union in a “memorandum of understanding,” it will prevail. State employees are also entitled to one floating holiday (CA Gov. Code Sec. 19853).
Private employers. Private employers are not obligated by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days. Additionally, no California law requires that employers pay premium pay to employees who work on holidays or count unworked hours on holidays as “hours worked” when computing overtime. However, many employers do adhere to one or both of these practices.
Last reviewed on December 6, 2017.