Job Terminology Glossary

Name (Sorted descending) Term Description

A paid day off for most Federal employees. Federal employees currently receive 11 paid holidays each year: 

  • New Year's Day (January 1).
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington's Birthday (Third Monday in February).
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May).
  • Juneteenth National Independence Day (June 19)
  • Independence Day (July 4).
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September).
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October).
  • Veterans Day (November 11).
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November).
  • Christmas Day (December 25).

Also, Presidential Inauguration Day for Federal employees in the Washington, DC, area (January 20 following a Presidential election).

Reference: OPM Pay & Leave and 5 USC 6103