Government Holidays

If you’re looking for a list of government holidays you’ve reached the right place. At National Today, we have information and fun facts about 28 important government holidays. We even tell you fun ways to celebrate them.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Jan. 15

Martin Luther King, Jr. DayGovernmentU.S.

Jan. 17

Michelle Obama’s BirthdayGovernmentOther

Jan. 27

International Holocaust Remembrance DayGovernmentWorld

Feb. 1

National Freedom DayGovernmentU.S.

Feb. 12

Abraham Lincoln's BirthdayGovernmentU.S.

Feb. 13

Mardi GrasGovernmentU.S.

Apr. 9

National Winston Churchill DayGovernmentU.S.

May 1

May DayGovernmentU.S.

May 5

Cinco de MayoGovernmentU.S.

May 22

Harvey Milk DayGovernmentU.S.

May 22

National Maritime DayGovernmentU.S.

May 28

Memorial DayGovernmentU.S.

Jun. 25

International Day of the SeafarerGovernmentWorld

Jul. 2

World UFO DayGovernmentWorld

Jul. 4

Independence DayGovernmentU.S.

Jul. 18

Nelson Mandela International DayGovernment, InternationalWorld

Aug. 6

Natal DayGovernmentCanada

Aug. 6

Provincial DayGovernmentCanada

Sep. 3

Labor DayGovernmentU.S.

Sep. 17

Constitution DayGovernmentU.S.

Oct. 8

Columbus DayGovernmentU.S.

Oct. 9

World Post DayGovernmentWorld

Oct. 24

United Nations DayGovernmentWorld

Oct. 31

HalloweenGovernmentU.S.

Nov. 11

Remembrance DayGovernmentCanada, U.K.

Nov. 11

Veterans DayGovernmentU.S.

Nov. 22

ThanksgivingGovernmentU.S.

Dec. 7

National Pearl Harbor Day of RemembranceGovernmentU.S.

Dec. 31

New Year's EveGovernmentWorld

Where did government holidays come from?

We’re pretty sure they come from the government! Jokes aside, these holidays were created with some serious intent. It is easy for us as citizens to forget the important events that have shaped our country. Or the contributions of great individuals and communities without which our country would not be the same.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 15 celebrates the incredible man and his fight for racial justice. International Holocaust Remembrance Day, National Freedom Day, Independence Day, etc., are all holidays that remind us about how precious freedom is. And then there is Cinco de Mayo on May 5! A day to eat Mexican food, drink
margaritas, and discover Mexican history. Halloween in another fun favorite among these government holidays. And we didn’t forget Mardi Gras 2018 on February 13. Time to put on a costume and express yourself.

The best part is that some of these government holidays are also public holidays. And that means a day or a weekend of doing nothing. Or staying busy having fun!

Submit your favorite government holiday

Our list is long, but the government’s is longer. So, go to our holiday submissions page and tell us about a government holiday that we have missed. We are constantly including new holidays on our website and your suggestion might be next!

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