District of Columbia Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

District of Columbia Holidays: What you need to know

The District of Columbia observes the following as official District holidays (DC Code Sec. 1-612.02):
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January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
Third Monday in February Washington's Birthday
April 16 District of Columbia Emancipation 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
The District of Columbia also observes a holiday on Inauguration Day and any other day appointed by the President of the United States.
If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday; if a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday.
District offices are closed, and District employees are entitled to the days listed as paid days off (DC Code Sec. 1-612.02).
Nothing in the District of Columbia law requires private employers to provide paid holidays to their employees.
Last reviewed on December 20, 2017.

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District of Columbia Holidays Resources

Type Title
Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holiday
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