2012 Paid Federal Holidays

By on January 2, 2012 in Current Events with 16 Comments

What will the federal holiday schedule be in the new year for current federal employees? The list of ten official holidays as provided by OPM is as follows:

  • Monday, January 2 – New Year’s Day
  • Monday, January 16 – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Monday, February 20 – Washington’s Birthday
  • Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day
  • Monday, September 3 – Labor Day
  • Monday, October 8 – Columbus Day
  • Monday, November 12 – Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Day
  • Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day

Subscribe to federal holidays calendar (ICAL)

OPM notes that for holidays that fall on a weekend, the holiday is usually observed on Friday for a Saturday holiday and Monday for a Sunday holiday, such as what was just the case with New Year’s.

In the United States, a federal holiday is a public holiday recognized by the United States Federal government. Non-essential federal government offices are closed. All federal employees are paid for the holiday; those who are required to work on the holiday sometimes receive holiday pay for that day in addition to ordinary wages. See the OPM web site for more information.

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  1. Freakshow says:

    Ah…I’ll keep my freedom of choice, thank-you very much. If you would like to drive some squeeky little POS please move to Russia or China.

  2. Rvnrock says:

    Isn’t Feb. 20 actually Presidents’ Day?  Don’t forget Honest Abe…

  3. TunnelRat69 says:

    There are 4 holidays I have never agreed with  -  Martin Luther King Birthday, Columbus Day – since we know now he didn’t land in North America until his third or fourth trip,  Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day………….anyone have an idea how much money the Govt would save cutting these three out???  its up in the Millions.

    • Maddy says:

      Since TunnelRat objects to four federal holidays, I suggest he calculate the money earned for those days and give it to the homeless, unemployed or his favorite charity. You shouldn’t earn money you feel is not deserved. So if you’re not ready to make that sacrifice, then keep your opinion to yourself and enjoy the days off with pay.

    • Guest says:

      I’m for keeping Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day.  Labor Day we earn for toiling the other 364 days… be they spent working at a job or working at home in whatever capacity.  Thanksgiving Day is the day we all should celebrate to give thanks for all that we have, especially those of us who are not standing in the unemployment or welfare lines.  I’m in total agreement about Columbus Day….that could be abolished.

      • Guest says:

        Lots of people go to the dentist on Columbus Day.. its a day we have off but everyone else works and you can take care of that stuff. Helps the economy and slow days at dentist offices so that cant be bad.

  4. nonuttsac says:

    If the Feds wanted to save even more money, they could get rid of at least three of these holidays.

  5. Guest says:

    Don’t be so flippant….what the government giveth….the goverment can also taketh away.  In these days of uncertainty, one never knows the rules anymore.  Shame on you!  Be glad that someone has taken the time to keep you informed.

    • Guest says:

      shame: a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt.   Really?!  Way to cereal for me …. 

  6. Richard Ortiz says:

    The sky is blue, grass is green, and the world is round. Just in case you did not know.

    • Yo says:

      Thanks, will watch out for each. USA should make ONLY 4 cylinder or Electric cars, NO BIG GAS GUZZLING 8’s or ANYTHING LARGER THEN A 4 cylinder. HELPS KEEP THE SKY** BLUE!!   

  7. Guest says:

    This must be a filler-page when there isn’t much to write about.  How about telling us something we don’t know!