Prior to the biggest countdown of the year, many workers spend their New Year’s Eve working. It’s not a federal holiday, even though the day after is (and we’re all thankful for that).
This year is different. Because New Year’s Day falls on a Saturday, many businesses and federal offices will recognize the holiday on Friday, Dec. 31.
There are 11 recognized federal holidays, and most federal employees can receive holiday pay if they’re required to work on those days. When one of these holidays falls on a non-workday, full-time employees are given an “in lieu of” holiday, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
This means all non-essential government offices, like courts and banks, will be closed on the last Friday of the year. USPS post office locations will be open on New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day, according to the office’s holiday schedule.
Here’s a list of all 11 federal holidays, 2022:
- New Year’s Day (Dec. 31, since Jan. 1, 2022 falls on a Saturday)
- The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan. 17)
- Washington’s Birthday (Feb. 21)
- Memorial Day (May 30)
- Juneteenth National Independence Day (June 20)
- Independence Day (July 4)
- Labor Day Sept. 5)
- Columbus Day, now recognized as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in over a dozen states (Oct. 10)
- Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
- Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24)
- Christmas Day (Dec. 26, since Dec. 25 falls on a Sunday)
Source: GANNETT Syndication Service