We know how important it is to keep track of your weekly and monthly activities and also your special yearly plans. This is why we would like to give you all relevant information you should know on official holidays and other festivities in the USA, so that you can plan for them and make sure your work schedule, your kids' scholar activities, and your well-deserved vacations run smoothly.
Check below the list of official national holidays and other special celebrations in 2020 and 2021 in the United States, so you can plan ahead your vacations, short trips and weekend breaks.
The year 2021 will have 10 official holidays celebrated on weekdays, which will produce 6 weekend breaks ending on Monday and 2 weekend breaks starting on Friday.
Find below a list with the holidays in 2021 and organize yourself in time so you can enjoy your days off doing what you like, whether a short trip, a longer vacation, or a well-deserved rest day:
|Calendar Day||Holiday or Celebration|
|Friday, January 1, 2021||New Year’s Day|
|Monday, January 18, 2021||Martin Luther King Day (third Monday in January)|
|Tuesday, February 2, 2021||Groundhog Day *|
|Sunday, February 14, 2021||Valentine’s Day *|
|Monday, February 15, 2021||President’s Day (third Monday in February)|
|Wednesday, March 17, 2021||Saint Patrick’s Day *|
|Friday, April 2, 2021||Good Friday *|
|Saturday, April 3, 2021||Holy Saturday *|
|Sunday, April 4, 2021||Easter *|
|Monday, April 5, 2021||Easter Monday *|
|Wednesday, May 5, 2021||Cinco de Mayo *|
|Sunday, May 9, 2021||Mother’s Day (second Sunday in May) *|
|Monday, May 31, 2021||Memorial Day (last Monday in May)|
|Sunday, June 20, 2021||Father’s Day (third Sunday in June) *|
|Sunday, July 4, 2021||Independence Day|
|Monday, July 5, 2021||Independence Day Observance|
|Monday, September 6, 2021||Labor Day (first Monday in September)|
|Saturday, September 11, 2021||Patriots Day *|
|Monday, October 11, 2021||Columbus Day (second Monday in October)|
|Sunday, October 31, 2021||All Soul’s Day / Halloween *|
|Thursday, November 11, 2021||Veterans’ Day|
|Thursday, November 25, 2021||Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)|
|Friday, November 26, 2021||Black Friday *|
|Friday, December 24, 2021||Christmas Eve / Christmas Day Observance *|
|Saturday, December 25, 2021||Christmas Day|
|Friday, December 31, 2021||New Year’s Eve *|
* These are not official holidays in the United States
In the USA there are 10 official federal holidays a year, which include the following dates:
Note: If a national holiday falls on the weekend, its celebration will be moved to the closest weekday and will be taken as a day off.
During these official holidays, Federal Offices remain closed and non-essential government employees take the day off. Other institutions and public offices, such as public libraries and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), are also closed to the public during these dates. On the other hand, vital agencies, such as health and social services departments, remain open.
Banks are also closed to the public during national holidays. However, ATMs and online banking and telephone services remain available to customers on a regular basis for operations such as check deposits, cash withdrawals, reports and inquiries, etc.
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Nasdaq and other major markets based in the U.S. remain closed during most of these public holidays, with the exception of Columbus Day and Veterans’ Day. On the other hand, although it is not an official holiday, these markets are closed for trading every year on Good Friday.
In addition, the NYSE has an abbreviated day of trading on the day after Thanksgiving, that is, during Black Friday, closing at 1:30 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. as normal.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) also considers these holidays as days off, so it does not make any collection or delivery, and post offices remain closed. However, Federal Express (FedEx) and UPS courier services open their offices to the public and provide shipping and other services on a regular basis.
Most public and private schools remain closed, however, in some states there is the possibility for each school district to decide whether the date is taken as day off or not. Likewise, most of the jobs in the private and public sectors consider these holidays as non-working days.
Taking advantage of the above, most museums, visitor centers, zoos and other recreational areas remain open during holidays. In fact, some museums, National Parks and monuments offer free admission during these dates so that students and workers visit them during their vacations. However, this is not a rule, so it is recommended to contact each facility in advance to make sure they are open to the public.
Restaurants, malls, department stores and entertainment centers such as movie theaters are normally also opened during federal holidays. Some retailers even offer special sales to attract shoppers during their days off.
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