US Public Holidays
The United States calls itself a melting pot of cultures and a lot of holidays are celebrated throughout the year. In the United States, the holidays are divided into Public holidays, state holidays and cultural holidays.
Public holidays, also known as federal holidays, occur 11 times a year. The majority of them occur on specific Monday of the year. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Veterans Day are exceptions. Ten of them are annual, but Inauguration day occurs every four years.
Each of the 50 states in the U.S. can set aside days to celebrate their diverse melting pots of cultures as well as the state’s history. For example, California, Texas and Colorado celebrate the Cesar Chavez Day, a holiday geared towards promoting community service.
The diversity of the U.S. means a large percentage of the population brings their own holidays to the United States. For example, Hanukkah is celebrated by over 15 million people in the United States.
The U.S. will enjoy 10 Federal holidays in 2013 besides Inauguration Day. Those holidays are public holidays for all federal employees, they are also widely observed by states but are not mandatory. Inauguration day which is observed by Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia on Feb 20 of every year will be moved in 2013 to Monday Feb 21 2013, since it falls on a Sunday. The weekend days off for the federal employees in the United States are Sunday and Saturday. Public holidays in the U.S. which might fall on a weekend are moved to Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).
Individual States in the U.S. can observe public holidays as observed by the federal government, or can alter, add, or subtract form these holidays as each states sees appropriate with it’s own laws and customs. Each individual State has its own laws as to how public holidays which might fall on a weekend are observed. Some states follow the same sequence as the U.S. federal government regarding holidays which might fall on a weekend, and some may move the holiday to the next Monday, others may even give an agreed upon date which the holiday may be observed on. Presidents’ Day is a working day for most Business in the United States; however, most schools may have a whole week off. Thanksgiving Day, is a non-working day for many workers and employees who are not in the retail trade field, and it is the most observed holiday of the year. Those who are involved in the retail trade are required to work since Thanksgiving day is also the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S. Flights schedule also becomes very busy at this time of the year, and prior reservations is strongly advised.
Here is a List of the United States Federal Holidays 2013 Calendar
New Year’s Day
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Disclaimer: Please note that due to last minute change in public holidays, we can not and will not be held responsible for any error or change in the above U.S. 2013 public holidays calendar. In-order to confirm the above calendar, we advise you to find and contact the Embassy or consulate of the United States.
Wish you a happy and pleasant American holidays 2013
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