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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 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Legal Holidays201420152016
New Year’s Day January 1 January 1 January 1
Martin Luther King Day January 20 January 19 January 18
President’s Day February 17 February 16 February 15
Patriots’ Day April 21 April 20 April 18
Memorial Day May 26 May 25 May 30
Independence Day July 4 *July 4 July 4
Labor Day September 1 September 7 September 5
Columbus Day October 13 October 12 October 10
Veterans’ Day November 11 November 11 November 11
Thanksgiving Day November 27 November 26 November 24
Christmas Day December 25 December 25
**December 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.

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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