Missouri State Holidays


The State of Missouri 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 Missouri.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln Day (February 12)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Truman Day (May 8)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. MO Statute 9.010


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Public employers

State employees who work on a state holiday may choose to be granted an equal amount of compensatory leave or to be paid their straight time hourly rate for the hours worked. MO Statute 105.935(2)


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Private employers

Private employers in Missouri 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.

Find out more about Missouri’s Leave Laws.