California State Holidays


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The State of California 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 California.

HOLIDAYDATE
New Year’s DayJanuary 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday3rd Monday in January
Lunar New YearThe date corresponding with the second new moon following the winter solstice, or the third new moon following the winter solstice should an intercalary month intervene
Lincoln’s BirthdayFebruary 12
President’s Birthday3rd Monday in February
Cesar Chavez DayMarch 31
Good Friday from 12 noon until 3 p.m.Date varies from year to year but usually occurs in March or April
Genocide Remembrance DayApril 24
Memorial DayLast Monday in May
JuneteenthJune 19
Independence DayJuly 4
Labor Day1st Monday in September
Admission DaySeptember 9
Native American Day4th Friday in September
Columbus Day2nd Monday in October
Veterans DayNovember 11
Thanksgiving Day4th Thursday in November
Christmas DayDecember 25
Any day appointed by the President or Governor for a public fast, thanksgiving, or holiday

CA Government Code 6700

When New Year’s Day, Lincoln Day, Cesar Chavez Day, July 4th, Admission Day, Veteran’s Day, or Christmas fall on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If Veteran’s Day falls on Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. CA Government Code 6701, CA Government Code 19853 When laws, ordinances, or charters provide that public offices shall be closed on holidays and a holiday falls on a Saturday, noon to midnight is a holiday as regards to the transaction of business in the public offices of the state or political divisions on that Saturday. CA Government Code 6702 The governor may designate additional holidays. CA Government Code 6701


Public employers

State employees are entitled to the following holidays:

HOLIDAYDATE
New Year’s DayJanuary 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday3rd Monday in January
President’s Birthday3rd Monday in February
Cesar Chavez DayMarch 31
Memorial DayLast Monday in May
Independence DayJuly 4
Labor Day1st Monday in September
Columbus Day2nd Monday in October
Veterans DayNovember 11
Thanksgiving Day4th Thursday in November
Day after Thanksgiving Day4th Friday in November
Christmas DayDecember 25

If state employees are required to work on a holiday, they are entitled to receive straight-time pay and eight hours of holiday credit. CA Government Code 19853 Different rules may apply to state employees in State Bargaining Unit 5. See CA Government Code 19853.1

Full-time state employees who have worked for the state for at least six months are entitled to one personal holiday per year, which is credited on July 1. State offices may require employees to provide at least five working days’ advance notice before taking personal holiday leave and may deny requests due to operational needs. CA Government Code 19854 State employees, as defined in CA Government Code 3513(c), elect to take their personal holiday on Lunar New Year, Genocide Remembrance Day (April 24), Juneteenth (June 19) or Native American Day (4th Friday in September). CA Government Code 19853(e)

City offices must be closed on the holidays listed above unless the city has designated otherwise by charter, ordinance, or resolution. CA Government Code 6702 Counties may pass ordinance or resolutions that provide an alternative day as a holiday when any of the above listed holidays fall on a Saturday, except for employees working as court attaches. CA Government Code 6701

State offices and institutions and the University of California must be closed on Admission Day. State offices, agencies, and institutions, including the Legislature and the University of California, must be closed on Veteran’s Day. If Veteran’s Day falls on a Saturday, it is observed the prior Friday. CA Government Code 6703

Cities and districts may pass ordinances or resolutions designating every Saturday as a holiday; however, the ordinances or resolutions must provide for the continuation of essential public services such as police and fire protection. CA Government Code 6704

Public schools

Public schools must be closed on:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or the Monday or Friday in the week in which January 15 falls
  • The Monday or Friday of the week in which Lincoln Day falls
  • Washington Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Any other day designated by the president or governor
  • Any other day designated by the governing school board

When a holiday falls on a Saturday, schools must be closed the prior Friday. When a holiday falls on a Sunday, schools must be closed the following Sunday. School district may change the day a holiday listed above is observed, except for Veterans Day. CA Education Code 37220 Public schools may also be closed on Cesar Chavez Day or the Monday preceding or Friday following that day, CA Education Code 37220.5, Native American Day (4th Friday in September), CA Education Code 37220.7, and Genocide Remembrance Day (April 24).


Private employers

Private employers in California 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 holidays 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.


Federal Holidays

Click here for a list of federal holidays.


Is New Year’s a holiday in California?

New Year’s day is a holiday in California. However, private businesses are not required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on New Year’s day. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on New Year’s Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Employees who work for a California state agency are usually entitled to paid holiday leave on New Year’s Day. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. Often, when state employees are required to work on New Year’s Day they will be paid holiday pay such as one and one half their regular rate of pay.

Below are the days of the week on which New Year’s Day will fall in future years:

YEARDAY OF WEEK
New Year’s Day, January 1, 2024Monday
New Year’s Day, January 1, 2025Wednesday
New Year’s Day, January 1, 2026Thursday
New Year’s Day, January 1, 2027Friday
New Year’s Day, January 1, 2028Saturday
New Year’s Day, January 1, 2029Monday
New Year’s Day, January 1, 2030Tuesday

Is New Year’s Eve a holiday in California?

New Year’s Eve is not a holiday in California. Also, neither private or public employers are required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on New Year’s day. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on New Year’s Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Below are the days of the week on which New Year’s Eve will fall in future years:

YEARDAY OF WEEK
New Year’s Eve, January 1, 2024Sunday
New Year’s Eve, January 1, 2025Tuesday
New Year’s Eve, January 1, 2026Wednesday
New Year’s Eve, January 1, 2027Thursday
New Year’s Eve, January 1, 2028Friday
New Year’s Eve, January 1, 2029Sunday
New Year’s Eve, January 1, 2030Monday

Is Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday a holiday in California?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday is a holiday in California. However, private businesses are not required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Employees who work for a California state agency are usually entitled to paid holiday leave on Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. Often, when state employees are required to work on Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday they will be paid holiday pay such as one and one half their regular rate of pay.

Below are the dates on which Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday is celebrated in future years:

YEARDATE
Martin Luther King, Jr. BirthdayMonday, January 15, 2024
Martin Luther King, Jr. BirthdayMonday, January 20, 2025
Martin Luther King, Jr. BirthdayMonday, January 19, 2026
Martin Luther King, Jr. BirthdayMonday, January 18, 2027
Martin Luther King, Jr. BirthdayMonday, January 19, 2028
Martin Luther King, Jr. BirthdayMonday, January 15, 2029
Martin Luther King, Jr. BirthdayMonday, January 21, 2030

Is President’s Day a holiday in California?

President’s Day is a holiday in California, although technically California does not celebrates but instead just the 3rd Monday in February.

However, private businesses are not required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on President’s Day. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on President’s Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Employees who work for a California state agency are usually entitled to paid holiday leave on President’s Day. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. Often, when state employees are required to work on President’s Day they will be paid holiday pay such as one and one half their regular rate of pay.

Below are the dates on which President’s Day is celebrated in future years:

YEARDATE
President’s DayMonday, February 19, 2024
President’s DayMonday, February 17, 2025
President’s DayMonday, February 16, 2026
President’s DayMonday, February 15, 2027
President’s DayMonday, February 14, 2028
President’s DayMonday, February 19, 2029
President’s DayMonday, February 18, 2030

Is Good Friday a holiday in California?

Good Friday is a holiday in California from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. However, neither private businesses or government agencies are required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Good Friday. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Good Friday if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Below are the dates on which Good Friday is celebrated in future years:

YEARDATE
Good FridayFriday, March 29, 2024
Good FridayFriday, April 18, 2025
Good FridayFriday, April 03, 2026
Good FridayFriday, March 26, 2027
Good FridayFriday, April 14, 2028
Good FridayFriday, March 30, 2029
Good FridayFriday, April 19, 2024

Is Easter a holiday in California?

Easter is not a holiday in California. Also, neither private or public employers are required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Easter. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Easter Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Below are the dates on which Easter is celebrated in future years:

YEARDAY OF WEEK
EasterSunday, March 31, 2024
EasterSunday, April 20, 2025
EasterSunday, April 5, 2026
EasterSunday, March 28, 2027
EasterMonday, April 16, 2028
EasterTuesday, April 1, 2029
EasterWednesday, April 21, 2030

Is Memorial Day a holiday in California?

Memorial Day is a holiday in California. However, private businesses are not required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Memorial Day. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Memorial Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Employees who work for a California state agency are usually entitled to paid holiday leave on Memorial Day. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. Often, when state employees are required to work on Memorial Day they will be paid holiday pay such as one and one half their regular rate of pay.

Below are the dates on which Memorial Day is celebrated in future years:

YEARDATE
Memorial DayMonday, May 27, 2024
Memorial DayMonday, May 26, 2025
Memorial DayMonday, May 25, 2026
Memorial DayMonday, May 31, 2027
Memorial DayMonday, May 29, 2028
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2029
Memorial DayMonday, May 27, 2030

Is Juneteenth a holiday in California?

Juneteenth Day (aka Emancipation Day) is a holiday in California. However, neither private or public employers are required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Juneteenth Day. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Juneteenth Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Below are the dates on which Juneteenth Day is celebrated in future years:

YEARDAY OF WEEK
Juneteenth, June 19, 2024Wednesday
Juneteenth, June 19, 2025Thursday
Juneteenth, June 19, 2026Friday
Juneteenth, June 19, 2027Saturday
Juneteenth, June 19, 2028Monday
Juneteenth, June 19, 2029Tuesday
Juneteenth, June 19, 2030Wednesday

Is Independence Day a holiday in California?

Independence Day (July 4) is a holiday in California. However, private businesses are not required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Independence Day. Employees may only be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Independence Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Employees who work for a California state agency are usually entitled to paid holiday leave on Independence Day. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. Often, when state employees are required to work on Independence Day they will be paid holiday pay such as one and one half their regular rate of pay.

Below are the dates on which Independence Day is celebrated in future years. Also, if Independence Day falls on a Saturday, businesses and the government may provide holiday time off on July 3. If Independence Day falls on a Sunday, businesses and the government may provide holiday time off on July 5:

YEARDAY OF THE WEEK
Independence Day, July 4, 2024Thursday
Independence Day, July 4, 2025Friday
Independence Day, July 4, 2026Saturday
Independence Day, July 4, 2027Sunday
Independence Day, July 4, 2028Tuesday
Independence Day, July 4, 2029Wednesday
Independence Day, July 4, 2030Thursday

Is Labor Day a holiday in California?

Labor Day is a holiday in California. However, private businesses are not required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Labor Day. Employees may entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Labor Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Employees who work for a California state agency are usually entitled to paid holiday leave on Labor Day. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. Often, when state employees are required to work on Labor Day they will be paid holiday pay such as one and one half their regular rate of pay.

Below are the dates on which Labor Day is celebrated in future years:

YEARDATE
Labor DayMonday, September 2, 2024
Labor DayMonday, September 1, 2025
Labor DayMonday, September 7, 2026
Labor DayMonday, September 6, 2027
Labor DayMonday, September 4, 2028
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2029
Labor DayMonday, September 2, 2030

Is Columbus Day a holiday in California?

Columbus Day is a holiday in California. However, neither private or public employers are required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Columbus Day. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Columbus Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Below are the dates on which Columbus Day is celebrated in future years:

YEARDATE
Columbus DayMonday, October 14, 2024
Columbus DayMonday, October 13, 2025
Columbus DayMonday, October 12, 2026
Columbus DayMonday, October 11, 2027
Columbus DayMonday, October 9, 2028
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2029
Columbus DayMonday, October 14, 2030

Is Election Day a holiday in California?

Election Day is not a holiday in California.

However, California law requires employers to provide employees with sufficient time off to vote. 

The time off must be either before the employees’ shifts begin or after their shifts end, unless otherwise agreed to by the employer and employee.

The employer is only required to pay employees for up to two (2) hours of time off to vote.

Employers must give their employer at least three days’ notice of their intention to take voting leave if they know or have reason to know the leave will be necessary.

At least ten (10) days prior to the date of the election, an employer shall post notice conspicuously so that workers can see the law pertaining to their voting rights. This is according to the CA Election Code 14001.

Below are the dates on which Election Day is celebrated in future years:

YEARDATE
General Election DayTuesday, November 5, 2024
General Election DayTuesday, November 4, 2025
General Election DayTuesday, November 3, 2026
General Election DayTuesday, November 2, 2027
General Election DayTuesday, November 7, 2028
General Election DayTuesday, November 6, 2029
General Election DayTuesday, November 5, 2030

Is Veterans Day a holiday in California?

Veterans Day is a holiday in California. However, private businesses are not required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Veterans Day. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Veterans Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Employees who work for a California state agency are usually entitled to paid holiday leave on Veterans Day. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. Often, when state employees are required to work on Veterans Day they will be paid holiday pay such as one and one half their regular rate of pay.

Below are the dates on which Veterans Day is celebrated in future years. Also, if Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, businesses and the government may provide holiday time off on Friday, November 10. If Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, businesses and the government may provide holiday time off on Monday, November 12:

YEARDATE
Veterans DayMonday, November 11, 2024
Veterans DayTuesday, November 11, 2025
Veterans DayWednesday, November 11, 2026
Veterans DayThursday, November 11, 2027
Veterans DaySaturday, November 11, 2028
Veterans DaySunday, November 11, 2029
Veterans DayMonday, November 11, 2030

Is Thanksgiving Day a holiday in California?

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday in California. However, private businesses are not required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Thanksgiving Day. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Thanksgiving Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Employees who work for a California state agency are usually entitled to paid holiday leave on Thanksgiving Day. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. Often, when state employees are required to work on Thanksgiving Day they will be paid holiday pay such as one and one half their regular rate of pay.

Below are the dates on which Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in future years:

YEARDATE
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 28, 2024
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 27, 2025
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 26, 2026
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 25, 2027
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 23, 2028
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2029
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 28, 2030

Is the Friday after Thanksgiving Day a holiday in California?

The Friday after Thanksgiving Day is not a holiday in California. Private businesses agencies are not required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on the day after Thanksgiving Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

However, employees who work for a California state agency are usually entitled to paid holiday leave on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. Often, when state employees are required to work on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day they will be paid holiday pay such as one and one half their regular rate of pay.

Below are the dates on which the Friday after Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in future years:

YEARDATE
Day after Thanksgiving DayFriday, November 29, 2024
Day after Thanksgiving DayFriday, November 28, 2025
Day after Thanksgiving DayFriday, November 27, 2026
Day after Thanksgiving DayFriday, November 26, 2027
Day after Thanksgiving DayFriday, November 24, 2028
Day after Thanksgiving DayFriday, November 23, 2029
Day after Thanksgiving DayFriday, November 29, 2030

Is Christmas Eve a holiday in California?

Christmas Eve is not a holiday in California. Neither private or public employers are required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Christmas Eve. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Christmas Eve if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

YEARDAY OF WEEK
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2024Tuesday
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2025Wednesday
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2026Thursday
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2027Friday
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2028Sunday
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2029Monday
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2030Tuesday

Is Christmas Day a holiday in California?

Christmas Day is a holiday in California. However, private businesses are not required to either 1) allow workers to take the day off or 2) pay workers for not working on Christmas Day. Employees may be entitled to paid or unpaid holiday leave on Christmas Day if their employer has established a policy or practice of doing so.

Employees who work for a California state agency are usually entitled to paid holiday leave on Christmas Day. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. Often, when state employees are required to work on Christmas Day they will be paid holiday pay such as one and one half their regular rate of pay.

Below are the dates on which Christmas Day is celebrated in future years. Also, if Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, businesses and the government may provide holiday time off on Friday, December 24. If Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, businesses and the government may provide holiday time off on Monday, December 26:

YEARDAY OF WEEK
Christmas Day, December 25, 2024Wednesday
Christmas Day, December 25, 2025Thursday
Christmas Day, December 25, 2026Friday
Christmas Day, December 25, 2027Saturday
Christmas Day, December 25, 2028Monday
Christmas Day, December 25, 2029Tuesday
Christmas Day, December 25, 2030Wednesday

California State Holidays FAQs

Are there state holidays unique to California?

Aside from celebrating all federal holidays, California observes Rosa Parks Day on February 4 and César Chávez Day on March 31. California also considers the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

What should business owners in California keep in mind about holidays?

Some of the most important pieces of information an employer should remember are:

  • The state of California celebrates Columbus Day. However, it is not considered a paid holiday for workers.
  • An employer should provide employees holiday credit whenever holidays fall on a Saturday.
  • Holidays that fall on a Sunday get celebrated the next day.
  • Employees are entitled to get one personal holiday yearly.
  • Finally, not everyone gets a day off during César Chávez Day. There are a lot of schools and businesses that still operate on March 31, regardless.

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