Many friends I know from around the world have called and emailed me trying to get more information about general public holidays in the USA today, even some tried to know what number of government holidays the USA has.
To clear that confusion from various people who don’t know, I am writing this article with the plan that you’ll understand the different types of holidays in the USA – both public and government holidays.
Public holidays in the United States of America are typically observed on days that have significance for many sectors of American society and are seen at all levels of society, including government, the private sector, and typically originated from the history, religion and the culture of the U.S. demographics and have changed after some time.
They are however not mandated by any government, businesses, whether it is a state or local governments. There are no national holidays on which all businesses are shut down by law.
Government holidays are built up for certain federally recognized and regulated businesses, (for example, federal banks), and for Washington, D.C. All other open holidays are made by the States; most states also allow local jurisdictions (cities, villages, and so on.) to establish their own particular local holidays.
As a result, holidays have not historically been administered at the government level and federal law does not control businesses opening. Although, a few states restrict some business opening on some holidays starting 2012, there are eleven government holidays in the United States, ten annual holidays and one quadrennial holiday (Inauguration Day).
Pursuant to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 (effective 1971), official holidays are celebrated on a Monday, with the exception of New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Even though, all current government holidays have also been made open holidays in every 50 states of America for federal organizations, each state is not bound to celebrate the holidays on the same dates as the federal holidays.
Many states likewise have additional holidays that are not observed by the U.S. federal government. Many companies also observe certain holidays too, which are also not regulated by any government agency.
Below you will find the different types of holidays in the USA and the dates they’re observed.
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