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Calendar of US Federal Holidays for 2024 Released

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The United States observes a roster of significant federal holidays, totaling 11 days, which hold cultural, historical, or national significance and are widely celebrated across the country.

On June 19th, the nation will observe Juneteenth, marking the commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved individuals in the United States. This date holds historical significance as it marks the day in 1865 when federal troops took control of Galveston, Texas, and announced the freedom of all enslaved people. While President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation legally freed enslaved individuals two and a half years prior, Juneteenth is recognized as the official end of slavery in the United States.

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Juneteenth, often regarded as the oldest African American holiday, was established as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. However, it’s important to note that while federal law recognizes these holidays, private businesses are not mandated to grant time off to their employees.

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The list of federal holidays for 2024 includes:

  • New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Monday, January 15
  • Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 19
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 27
  • Juneteenth National Independence Day: Wednesday, June 19
  • Independence Day: Thursday, July 4
  • Labor Day: Monday, September 2
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day (also observed as Columbus Day): Monday, October 14
  • Veterans Day: Monday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28
  • Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25

Additionally, there are several other important days to note, although they are not federal holidays:

  • Valentine’s Day: Wednesday, February 14
  • St Patrick’s Day: Sunday, March 17
  • Good Friday: Friday, March 29
  • Easter: Sunday, March 31
  • Passover: Monday, April 22

These dates hold significance for various cultural, religious, and social reasons, contributing to the diverse tapestry of holidays observed throughout the year.

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