Mountains, sea, or countryside? Which place will you choose during next year’s official holidays? We all know how important it is to be able to break our routine, to get together with friends or family.
This article will help you to plan for your long weekends and vacations in 2022 in a serene way.
So, let’s get to it… This is the calendar of the U.S. Public Holidays for 2022:
|Calendar Day||Holiday or Celebration||Explanation for Public Holidays|
|Saturday, January 1, 2022||New Year’s Day *||New Year's Day, at midnight, begins with fireworks, parties and special events.|
|Monday, January 17, 2022||Martin Luther King Day * (third Monday in January)||Also called Civil Rights Day in Arizona or Human Rights Day in Idaho.|
|Wednesday, February 2, 2022||Groundhog Day|
|Monday, February 14, 2022||St Valentine’s Day|
|Monday, February 21, 2022||President Day * (third Monday in February)||This day celebrates Georges Washington’s birthday as the first president of the United States.|
|Thursday, March 17, 2022||St Patrick’s Day|
|Friday, April 15, 2022||Good Friday|
|Saturday, April 16, 2022||Holy Saturday|
|Sunday, April 17, 2022||Easter Sunday|
|Monday, April 18, 2022||Easter Monday|
|Thursday, May 5, 2022||Cinco de Mayo|
|Sunday, May 08, 2022||Mother’s Day (second Sunday in May)|
|Monday, May 30, 2022||Memorial Day * (last Monday in May)||This day commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.|
|Sunday, June 19, 2022||Father’s Day (third Sunday in June)|
|Monday, July 4, 2022||Independence Day *||This day celebrates the anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776.|
|Monday, September 5, 2022||Labor Day * (first Monday in September)||This day celebrates unions and their contributions to the U.S. economy.|
|Sunday, September 11, 2022||Patriot Day|
|Monday, October 10, 2022||Columbus Day * (second Monday in October)||This day celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. This holiday is controversial because the settlement of Europeans on the American continent led to the disappearance of the history and culture of indigenous peoples.|
|Monday, October 31, 2022||All Soul’s Day / Halloween|
|Friday, November 11, 2022||Veterans’ Day *||This day celebrates the end of World War I.|
|Thursday, November 24, 2022||Thanksgiving Day * (fourth Thursday in November)||This day celebrates the first meal between the English pilgrims and the natives in 1621 to thank them for their help.|
|Friday, November 25, 2022||Black Friday|
|Saturday, December 24, 2022||Christmas Eve|
|Sunday, December 25, 2022||Christmas Day *||This day celebrates Jesus Christ's birth but is more popularly known as the day when Santa Claus brings presents to the children.|
|Monday, December 26, 2022||Day off for Christmas Day *|
|Saturday, December 31, 2022||New Year’s Eve|
* These are public official holidays in the United States, usually considered as non-working days.
As you may know, all public offices remain closed during public holidays, but consider also that the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the public libraries will not be open to public. Only the hospitals and the vital services (social services departments, drugstores, etc.) remain open.
Banks are closed, but you can use ATMs, online banking, and telephone services to deposit your checks, make cash withdrawals, etc. as they remain open as in a regular working day.
Most schools, colleges and universities remain closed, but the choice of whether to take a holiday or not is decided by the school districts in some states, although most of them respect the public holiday. Check with the school to find out what days they are closed during the holidays.
There will be no mail collection or delivery as the postal service will be closed during official holidays. But companies like FedEx and UPS open their offices and provide shipping and collection.
But while a lot of businesses remain closed during national holidays, almost all museums, cinemas, National Parks, zoos, and many other recreational areas remain open during these days off. So why don’t you take advantage of a long weekend with your family to relax and have fun! Or take your passports and travel in couple to a beautiful destination outside the United States... You could even go to the Niagara Falls and get the amazing view that the Canadian side offers to nature lovers.
We hope this article has given you ideas on what to do and where to go to enjoy your official federal holidays in 2022!