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 2016, 2017 and 2018.





New Years Day – January first Jan. 1 Jan. 1 ** Jan. 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day– Third Monday in January Jan. 18 Jan. 16 Jan. 15
Washington’s Birthday – Third Monday in February Feb. 15 Feb. 20 Feb. 19
Patriots' Day – Third Monday in April Apr. 18 Apr. 17 Apr. 16
Memorial Day – Last Monday in May May 30 May 29 May 28
Independence Day – July 4th July 4 July 4 July 4
Labor Day – First Monday in September Sept. 5 Sept. 4 Sept. 3
Columbus Day – Second Monday in October Oct. 10 Oct. 9 Oct. 8
Veterans Day – November 11th Nov. 11 Nov. 11 * Nov. 11 **
Thanksgiving Day – Customarily the fourth Thursday in November Nov. 24  Nov. 23 Nov. 22
Christmas Day – December 25th Dec. 25 ** Dec. 25 Dec. 25

Saturday Holidays

*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.

Sunday Holidays

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

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 (login via myUMassD portal).