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 Legal Holidays in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The following is a list of legal holidays and the dates on which they will be observed for calendar years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Holiday

2015

2016

2017

New Years Day – January first Jan. 1, Thurs. Jan. 1, Fri. Jan. 1, Sun. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day– Third Monday in January Jan. 19, Mon. Jan. 18, Mon. Jan. 16, Mon.
Washington’s Birthday – Third Monday in February Feb. 16, Mon. Feb. 15, Mon. Feb. 20, Mon.
Patriots' Day – Third Monday in April Apr. 20, Mon. Apr. 18, Mon. Apr. 17, Mon.
Memorial Day – Last Monday in May May 25, Mon.  May 30, Mon.  May 29, Mon. 
Independence Day – July 4th July 4, Sat.  July 4, Mon. July 4, Tues.
Labor Day – First Monday in September Sept. 7, Mon. Sept. 5, Mon. Sept. 4, Mon.
Columbus Day – Second Monday in October Oct. 12, Mon.  Oct. 10, Mon.  Oct. 9, Mon. 
Veterans Day – November 11th Nov. 11, Wed.  Nov. 11, Fri.  Nov. 11, Sat. 
Thanksgiving Day – Customarily the fourth Thursday in November Nov. 26, Thurs.  Nov. 24, Thurs.  Nov. 23, Thurs. 
Christmas Day – December 25th Dec. 25, Fri.  Dec. 25, Sun.  Dec. 25, Mon. 


*In the event a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, all offices under the jurisdiction of any department of state government shall be open to the public for business on the Friday immediately preceding any Saturday holiday.Saturday Holidays

Managers and confidential employees:  As many employees as possible should be given off the  Friday immediately preceding the Saturday holiday.  Whenever possible, the following Monday shall be used as the alternative day off.  Employees assigned to work shall be given an additional day off. 

Bargaining unit employees: See the relevant collective bargaining agreement.

Sunday Holidays

** In the event a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

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