Indiana State Holidays


The State of Indiana has designated several days each calendar year as state holidays. The implications of these state holidays on public employers and private employers is discussed below.



The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Indiana.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday (Friday before Easter, usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Election Day (any general, municipal, or primary election)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Sunday

When a legal holiday falls on a Sunday (other than Sundays), it is observed on the following Monday. When a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. IN Code 1-1-9-1


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Public employers

State offices may close on legal holidays. IN Code 4-1-2-1


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Private employers

Private employers in Indiana are not required to close on any of the listed holidays. Additionally, private employers are not required to allow employees to take either paid or unpaid time off on the holidays nor are they required to pay employees any premium wage rates to employees who work on the holidays. Private employers may establish policies or practices granting employees time off on any of the listed holiday or agree to pay premium wage rates to employees who work on those days. Employers who establish such policies or practices may be required to comply with them.

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