Colorado Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Holidays: What you need to know

Colorado observes the following as official holidays (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-11-101):
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January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Third Monday in February Presidents' Day
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
In addition to the holidays noted, the governor or president of the United States may appoint additional holidays.
State employers. By law, employees of the government of Colorado are entitled to days noted as paid days off. State employees required to work on any of these holidays must be given an alternate day off, or paid according to the state's personnel system or fiscal rules.
March 31, Cesar Chavez Day. State employees may have this day off with pay in lieu of any other legal holiday that occurs on a weekday in the same fiscal year (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-11-112).
Private employers. Private employers are not required by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off; however, the vast majority of Colorado employers do observe at least seven paid holidays.
When a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following day.
Last reviewed on December 6, 2017.

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Colorado Holidays Resources

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Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holidays
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