Maryland Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

Maryland Holidays: What you need to know

Maryland observes the following as official holidays:
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January 1 New Year's Day
3rd Monday of January Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
3rd Monday in February Presidents' Day
Last Monday of May Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
1st Monday in September Labor Day
2nd Monday in October Columbus Day
November 11 Veterans' Day
4th Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
Friday following Thanksgiving Day American Indian Heritage Day
December 25 Christmas
Each statewide general election day in the state Statewide election day
State employers. By law, employees of the government of Maryland are entitled to holiday leave with pay for the days noted above. (MD Code, State Personnel & Pensions, Sec. 9-203).
Private employers. Private employers are not obligated by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off. However, the majority of Maryland employers do observe at least 6 paid holidays.
When a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following day; when it falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday (MD Code, State Personnel & Pensions, Sec. 9-204).
Last reviewed on November 27, 2017.

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Maryland Holidays Resources

Type Title
Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holidays
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