This Christmas Eve, many workers who would normally be working on December 24 may have time to do some last minute shopping or bake cookies for Santa.
That’s because even though Christmas Eve is not a federal holiday, many businesses and federal offices will recognize it as a day off because Christmas (December 25) falls on a Saturday this year.
According to the United States Office of Personnel Management, there are currently 11 federal holidays established by law. – including Christmas Day, but not Christmas Eve. On federal holidays, most non-essential government offices close, and many federal employees across the country are entitled to paid time off.
When the typical date of a federal holiday falls on a non-working day, full-time employees are granted a holiday “instead of” – or a different day for the federal holiday to be observed. For example, December 25, 2021 is a Saturday and the federal holiday of Christmas Day will be observed on Friday, December 24.
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A similar pattern will apply on New Year’s Day. Like Christmas Eve, New Years Eve is not a federal holiday, but New Years Day is. Since the first day of 2022 also falls on a Saturday, the Federal New Years holiday will be observed on New Years Eve (Friday, December 31).
It is important to check hours with individual local and federal government offices during the holiday season. For example, the NYSE will observe the Christmas holidays on the Friday of Christmas Eve. And the U.S. Postal Service’s Christmas Eve hours of operation vary by location, with some post offices having limited hours. Post offices across the country will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The sites will be open on New Year’s Day.
Here is a list of the 11 federal holidays observed, 2022:
- New Year’s Day (December 31, since January 1, 2022 falls on a Saturday)
- Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday (January 17)
- Washington’s birthday (February 21)
- Remembrance Day (May 30)
- National Independence Day of June 17 (June 20)
- Independence Day (July 4)
- Labor Day September 5)
- Columbus Day, now recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day in more than a dozen states (October 10)
- Veterans Day (November 11)
- Thanksgiving Day (November 24)
- Christmas Day (December 26, since December 25, 2022 falls on a Sunday)