2022 Federal Holidays

What paid holidays can federal employees expect in 2022?

There are 11 federal holidays in 2022. Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the public holidays listed below for federal employees as paid vacation days.

Most federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule, so for these employees, if a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it is usually observed on Monday (when the holiday is on a Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).

As of last year, federal employees have an extra paid holiday with the Juneteenth Independence Day holiday that was passed into law in 2021. It was signed into law just days before the actual holiday, but federal employees still got it as a paid holiday. Therefore, Juneteenth will be a federal holiday in 2022 and going forward.

DateHoliday
Friday, December 31, 2021*New Year’s Day
Monday, January 17Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 21**Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 30Memorial Day
Monday, June 20*Juneteenth National Independence Day
Monday, July 4Independence Day
Monday, September 5Labor Day
Monday, October 10Columbus Day
Friday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 24Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 26*Christmas Day

*If a holiday falls on a Saturday, for most Federal employees, the preceding Friday will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).) If a holiday falls on a Sunday, for most Federal employees, the following Monday will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See Section 3(a) of Executive Order 11582, February 11, 1971.) See also our Federal Holidays – “In Lieu Of” Determination Fact Sheet at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/work-schedules/fact-sheets/Federal-Holidays-In-Lieu-Of-Determination.

**This holiday is designated as “Washington’s Birthday” in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

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Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He enjoys writing about current topics that affect the federal workforce.