US Holidays are decided keeping in mind the traditions, customs and the diversity of population in the country. US holidays can be categorized into two – Federal Holidays, and other observances. The Federal holidays are ones that are marked by the rule of law vide (5 USC 6103).

The Federal holidays are widely observed all across the country, while the others are at the discretion of the local Governance. However, it should also be kept in mind that apart from the Federal Holidays, there are other observances and days off that have become parts of American lifestyle. This is mostly because of the diversity in the population in USA.


Normally, government employed representatives work from Monday to Friday; while Saturday and Sunday are observed as non working days. Now if a government occasion falls on a Saturday according to the date, then the day off is commemorated on the nearest Friday; and if such an occasion falls on a Sunday, then the next Monday is announced a holiday.


According to the Federal Law, the nation of United States commemorates ten government occasions in one scheduled year as put down by the United States Congress. It is an exceptional fact to notice that contrary to most other countries or nations, the United States does not have any National Holiday. This is due to the reason that the United States Congress has been bestowed with the power to call for holidays only for institutions affiliated to the federal government, and not those related to the State governance.


Since all of these occasions are connected to the history and customs of the area, the greater part of these occasions are likewise seen as State occasions too, despite the fact that it is not a command to do so.


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This is likewise material in the event of financial organizations. Although legitimately these holidays cannot be termed as Legal Holidays, yet these government occasions are frequently alluded to as Legal or Public Holidays.


Here is a comprehensive list of Federal Holidays –  
Date Holiday Description
January 1, 2016 (Friday) New Year’s Day  
    This is the first year of the modern day calendar and is welcomed with much pomp and grandeur. This is a noteworthy social recognition in the nation and individuals welcome the New Year in the midst of a considerable measure of fun and mirth. A considerable measure of gatherings and happy making spread festal cheer.
January 18, 2016 (Monday) Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  
    Commemorates the birth anniversary of leader and activist Martin Luther King, Jr. This day is recognized on the third Monday of the month of January every year to pay respect to the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., who was an American pioneer advancing Civic Rights. He was powerful in advancing racial correspondence in the United States. He is famous for his crusades that were against the racial segregation that individuals needed to face openly transports in the more seasoned times.
February 15, 2016 (Monday) Washington’s Birthday/President’s Day  
    A day in which all Presidents of USA are honored in memory of George Washington who is considered as one of the founders of the nation. This is the day that honors the conception commemoration of George Washington, the first President of the United States. According to the official name, this occasion is known as Washington's Birthday. On the other hand, the occasion is generally known by the name of President's Day or Presidents' Day since this is the day that likewise respects all Presidents of the nation. A few States likewise respect different renowned Presidents of the nation like Jefferson, Lincoln and so forth.
May 30, 2016 (Monday) Memorial Day  
    A day to honor all the martyrs of the nation right since Civil Wars. Commemorated on the last Monday of the month of May, this is the day when United States pays tribute to the every one of the individuals who lost their lives in wars. The day was till some time ago known as the Decoration Day. Individuals visit burial grounds and commemorations include paying reverence.
July 4, 2016 (Monday) Independence Day  
    Celebrated to honor the independence of USA from the British rule. Firework competitions are key attraction of the day. Independence Day in the United States is generally called the Fourth of July. This is the day when the nation received the Declaration of Independence in the year 1776 and set up its autonomy from the tenet of Great Britain. The nation is likewise in a celebratory disposition on that day and a considerable measure of grills, picnics, jamborees, basket ball matches and games and parades are held. Firecrackers light up the night sky in assigned regions.
September 5, 2016 (Monday) Labor Day  
    A day to acknowledge the contribution of the working mass and to honor the Labor Movement activists. The day started as a festival to respect the working class's commitment and the worker's contribution in the nation's economy. Be that as it may, today it is basically a day of rest for each one of the individuals who work. This day is honored on the first Monday of the month of September.
October 10, 2016 (Monday) Columbus Day  
    A day in honor of Christopher Columbus, who is believed to have discovered America. This day is recognized on the second Monday of the month of October every year. This day recollects the landing of Christopher Columbus in America on the twelfth day of October in the year 1492. This day was the beginning to the European settlement in the nation. This occasion is thought to be dubious by a few individuals who trust that Columbus' landing to the United States made the local society of the nation blur away.
November 11, 2016 (Friday) Veterans Day  
    This day on 1918, World War I ended. This day is celebrated to honor all war veterans of the country. This day remembers the day when in the year 1918 the peace negotiation occurred that realized a conclusion to the World War I. Today individuals take this day to be a chance to thank all war veterans for their commitment for the nation.
November 24, 2016 (Thursday) Thanksgiving Day  
    This is actually harvest festival. Traditions include elaborate feasts where turkey is a must in the menu. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in the month of November, this is the day when individuals generally delighted in the yearly reaps and said thanks to for the abundance delivered. Today the day is stamped by devouring delicacies and connecting with friends and family to be thankful for the gift of life.
December 25, 2016 (Sunday) Christmas Day  
December 26, 2016 (Monday)   Commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. Celebrated with family and friends as a social occasion apart from prayer masses that Christians participate in. This has transcended all religious barriers and has now come to be accepted as a socio cultural event celebrated by all and sundry with much zest and zeal.
¨       Since the actual observance is on a non working Sunday, the next working day, which is Monday, becomes a Federal Holiday.