Friday, August 5 2022

Ahead of the biggest countdown of the year, many workers are spending their New Year’s Eve at work. It’s not a federal holiday, even though the day after is (and we’re all grateful for that).

This year is different. Because New Year’s Day falls on a Saturday, many businesses and federal offices will recognize the holiday as Friday, December 31.

There are 11 recognized federal holidays and most federal employees can receive holiday pay if they are required to work on those days. When one of these holidays falls on a non-working day, full-time employees get the day off “in lieu of,” according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

This means that all non-essential government offices, such as courts and banks, will be closed on the last Friday of the year. USPS post offices will be open on New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day, according to the office’s holiday schedule.

Here is a list of the 11 federal holidays, 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)
  • June 19 National Independence Day (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 (November 24)
  • Christmas Day (December 26, since December 25 falls on a Sunday)
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