Federal holidays in the United States are designated holidays by the U.S. Government wherein non-essential federal government offices are closed and the employees of these offices are paid. This differs from a National Holiday wherein every person would have the work day off. Federal employees who report to work on a designated US Holiday 2023 are entitled to the basic pay plus premium pay at the rate of the basic pay.
The holiday is also known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day and was created in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan to commemorate the icon that is Martin Luther King Jr who was a known champion of Civil Rights. It is to be celebrated every 3rd Monday of the year.
President’s day is officially named Washington’s birthday but is more widely called by the former in many states because it doesn’t always coincide with President George Washington’s actual birthday which is February 22nd. This holiday was first enacted in 1879 to honor the first president but has then extended to honor all the past and present presidents of the United States.
Memorials day actually originated as Decoration day in 1868 to memorialize all who sacrificed their lives in the Civil War. Today, it is commemorated as Memorial day every last Monday of May to pay respects to all those who died serving the US military.
Juneteenth National Independence Day 2023
June 19, 2023
Juneteenth, from the words June Nineteenth, is one of the most recent Holidays to be declared. It was declared just last year by President Joe Biden to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. It is set to be celebrated every 19th of June.
Independence Day 2023
July 4, 2023
US Independence Day
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The U.S. Independence day is more commonly known as the 4th of July of July Fourth and has been commemorated since the Declaration of Indepence on July 4, 1776. It is usually a day of festivities with friends and family, usually celebrated with picnics, barbeques, fireworks, and other festive activities.
Labor day is celebrated every 1st Monday in the month of September to celebrate those who sacrificed towards the labor movement of the U.S. and also to celebrate all the achievements of workers of the country. It concludes the cultural summer season and is surrounded festivities of the Labor Day weekend.
Columbus Day is celebrated every 2nd Monday of the month of October. It was declared to commemorate the landing of Christopher Columbus to the Americas on October 12, 1492. The holiday inspires the feeling of patriotism, loyalty, and togetherness spread through by poets, teachers, politicians and others.
Veterans day is celebrated every 11th of November of every year since it was declared on 1954, from its original name of Armistice Day. This holiday, in contrast to Memorial Day, celebrates all American military veterans who served the U.S. and not just those who laid down their lives for the country.
Thanksgiving day is celebrated annually on every 4th Thursday of November. It started as a harvesting festival to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. In 1621, a first Thanksgiving was shared by a few native Americans and some pilgrims which is thought out to be the origin of what the holiday is today.
Christmas day is celebrated on the 25th of December every year throughout the world. The festivities usually start on December 24, or Christmas Eve and last till the New Year. The Christmas season usually bring forth decorating for the holiday, family reunions, parties, gift-giving and other festive activities.
Common FAQs on US federal holidays 2023
How many federal holidays are there in 2023?
There are actually 11 federal holidays, if January 1st is included but New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday. January 2, is usually treated as a holiday in these circumstances.
Is Juneteenth a federal holiday in 2023?
Yes, Juneteenth is a federal holiday in 2023 since its declaration on 2021. The Juneteenth Celebration on 2023 is actually only the 2nd time this holiday will be celebrated in the U.S.
What are the 10 federal holidays in 2023?
The 2023 federal holidays are Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.,Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Fourth of July or Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
What holiday is March 13 2023?
March 13, 2023 is a national holiday called the National Good Samaritan Day or Good Samaritan Involvement Day. It is a day to offer help to those in need and to celebrate kindness.