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A Guide to Federal Holidays in the United States for 2021

A Guide to Federal Holidays in the United States for 2021

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Feb 10, 20211,0990

Holidays tend to be joyous affairs. Prior to COVID, they were a time for celebrating together with friends and loved ones. Holidays dot our calendars and help us mark the progress of time. Some are major occasions such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Independence Day. Others like Presidents’ Day are less noteworthy, if nonetheless appreciated when accompanied by a day off work or school. In this guide, we are taking a look at major holidays in the United States. Our focus is on those holidays currently marked by the federal government. These are sometimes referred to as “bank holidays” and are both the most significant and the ones typically associated with time off from work or school. Without further ado, here is your guide to federal holidays in the United States for the remainder of 2021.

Contents

Washington's Birthday
Monday, February 15, 2021
Memorial Day
Monday, May 31, 2021
Independence Day
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Labor Day
Monday, September 6, 2021
Columbus Day
Monday, October 11, 2021
Veterans Day
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Christmas Day
Saturday, December 25, 2021

Washington's Birthday

Monday, February 15, 2021

A Guide to Federal Holidays in the United States for 2021

Washington’s Birthday is better known in the United States as Presidents’ Day. Originally designated in 1879, Washington’s Birthday honors the nation’s first (and some say greatest) president. Traditionally, the federal government and businesses that follow the federal holiday calendar provide one day off to their employees and staff on the third Monday in February. Customarily there is no major celebration that takes place on Presidents’ Day, though some localities may choose to mark the occasion with patriotic décor. Under current law the holiday is known as Washington’s Birthday; however, over time the emphasis has shifted to a recognition of all presidents, or at least both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who was born February 12, 1809. Several states including California, Illinois, New York, and Texas separately observe Lincoln’s birthday. Despite there being no major traditions associated with Presidents’ Day, people will occasionally celebrate with cherry pie, in homage Washington’s apocryphal chopping down of a cherry tree in his youth. Another common occurrence around Presidents’ Day is retail sales events. Car dealerships, furniture showrooms, and other large-ticket retailers will often have Presidents’ Day promotions and sales events.

Memorial Day

Monday, May 31, 2021

A Guide to Federal Holidays in the United States for 2021

Visitors to the United States quickly discover American’s general patriotic fervor and their particular devotion to military personnel who died while serving the country. Prior to Memorial Day becoming an official national holiday, many states and localities had occasions where they would venerate fallen service members. These celebrations emerged during or shortly after the American Civil War. In that conflict, when units took heavy casualties during battle, towns could well lose entire populations of young men. Naturally there was an inclination and desire to commemorate the sacrifices of the fallen. It was these early events that would eventually become the national holiday known as Memorial Day. Since 1971, Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May. The federal government and many business generally provide their employees and staff one day off. Memorial Day celebrations often involve a parade, concerts featuring patriotic music, or events designed to honor service members generally. Some people make a point to visit a national cemetery if one is located nearby. On Memorial Day, headstones are traditionally adorned with a small American flag. It is a moving tribute.

Independence Day

Sunday, July 4, 2021

A Guide to Federal Holidays in the United States for 2021

The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. It is traditionally a time for parades, barbecues, baseball games, family get-togethers, and of course fireworks. Americans love themselves some fireworks on the Fourth of July! In the weeks leading up to July 4th, fireworks vendors spring up in parking lots all across the land. Depending on the jurisdiction, there may be limits on what you’re legally allowed to purchase; however, just about every American knows someone who can get the good ones. As July 4th draws closer, nightly fireworks displays increase, culminating in the several days immediately preceding the 4th when most municipalities will stage their official fireworks displays. These tend to be preceded by a parade earlier in the day and then maybe an afternoon or evening barbeque with friends and family. As night approaches, people gather at prime viewing locations where they can watch the fireworks dance and sparkle in the sky. Public shows always finish with a so-called grand finale. This is when the loudest fireworks are setoff in quick succession, creating a cacophony reminiscent of some great wartime battle. Assuming of course the pandemic is brought under control, for the Fourth of July, 2021, a great many people will be looking forward to the celebrations.

Labor Day

Monday, September 6, 2021

A Guide to Federal Holidays in the United States for 2021

On the first Monday in September, Americans recognize the labor movement and the contribution of workers to the development of the United States. Unlike much of the rest of the world, which sets aside May 1st for the same purpose, there has long been suspicion and outright hostility towards organized labor in the United States. It was very much a conscious choice to disassociate recognition of labor from other similar movements elsewhere in the world. Ironically, it was in the United States that May 1st initially became a date on which to celebrate workers. Today however, the vast majority of Americans have no collective knowledge of this fact. Coming at it does at the start of September, Labor Day is regarded as the unofficial end of summer. Many school districts will schedule the start of the new school year around this time and families often elect to take their annual vacations in the lead up to Labor Day. Especially in northern states where the weather begins to change soon afterwards, Labor Day tends to be one last collective hurray of beach going, barbequing, and celebrating outdoors with friends and family. Banks and federal offices normally close for the day, as do many larger manufacturers.

Columbus Day

Monday, October 11, 2021

A Guide to Federal Holidays in the United States for 2021

Columbus Day, for now, remains a federal holiday in the United States, despite the fact it has emerged as a flashpoint in America’s ongoing struggle to understand its history. Led by indigenous communities, there have been growing calls to transform Columbus Day into a celebration of the peoples who suffered from the arrival of Europeans in the Americas. Native Americans have long regarded as highly offensive celebrations of Columbus and the brutal colonization his arrival initiated. Many states including Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, and parts of California no longer recognize Columbus Day, having replaced it with Indigenous Peoples' Day. Given the increasing polarization of American society, it is not clear how the conflict over Columbus and his legacy will unfold. Columbus Day now mostly goes unobserved outside of prominent Italian-American communities. There are no longer any particular traditions associated with Columbus Day and you’re unlikely to find many sectors outside the federal government, where Columbus Day is by law a holiday for federal employees, still offering workers time off to observe it.

Veterans Day

Thursday, November 11, 2021

A Guide to Federal Holidays in the United States for 2021

Originally designated Armistice Day, Veterans Day celebrates veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. In contrast to Memorial Day, which honors individuals who perished, Veterans Day is a time to acknowledge all former service members. The origin of this holiday does back to World War I and the sensation of hostilities at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Many European countries continue to recognize November 11 as Armistice Day. In the United States however, World War I has been all but erased from the nation’s collective memory. As a result, Veterans Day is no longer associated with the Great War in the minds of the vast majority of Americans. Typical celebrations for Veterans Day include parades, dedications, or other ways of commemorating service members. Businesses will offer discounts to veterans or, if they already do so, will have a promotion or other activity to call special attention to the day. As on Memorial Day, national cemeteries will adore headstones with American flags and many people likewise make a point to visit on Veterans Day. Another way of observing Veterans Day is with a day of service to the community in honor of those who have served the country in the armed forces.

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 25, 2021

A Guide to Federal Holidays in the United States for 2021

Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest travel holiday in the United States. Each year around the end of November, millions of Americas board planes and trains or set out in their cars. Mostly the latter. In fact, the overwhelming majority of journeys are people heading out on the road to visit other friends or family members. Since 1941, Thanksgiving in the United States is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. It is one of America's most important holidays and it's fair to say it revolves around food. Lots and lots of food. Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the good things in life and also a time to spend with loved ones. At a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, turkey is the most important dish on the table. The turkey is normally slow-roasted in the oven and filled with delicious stuffing. Don't forget to enjoy plenty of side dishes including mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, and tuna casserole. Another long-associated tradition is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. TVs across America tune in to see the music, floats, and balloons make their way through New York City. Contemporary Thanksgiving has evolved into America's harvest festival and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving in many different ways.

Christmas Day

Saturday, December 25, 2021

A Guide to Federal Holidays in the United States for 2021

Christmas is indeed that time of year. Holiday jingles have been on endless loop since before Thanksgiving. The rush of Black Friday has given way to a last-minute scramble to buy presents for distant cousins you only see once or twice a year. The ornaments and stockings are all hung with care and many a little tot is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa. Each of these holiday traditions make Christmas special. Christmas traditions come in endless variety. There are those adopted by large numbers of people such as giving gifts during Christmas. Then there are intimate, family-specific traditions such as always playing a particular game, watching the same movie on Christmas Eve, or buying a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. You can be sure the holidays are around the corner when the Christmas tree makes its annual appearance. Elsewhere around the house, holiday decorating involves stringing up a length of Christmas lights, hanging stockings by the fireplace, and adding the decorative bit of snow or sparkle to various nooks and crannies. Christmas culminates on December 25 with the traditional family gathering and exchange of gifts. It is the final event in the annual holiday calendar and caps a year filled with all manner of trials and tribulations.

Holidays in the United States revolve around the major celebrations that occur each year around the same time. While we’ve chosen to focus here on federal holidays, there are countless lesser occasions and celebrations that occur throughout the year. In fact, on any given day, there is likely to be a commemoration of some event of group occurring somewhere in the United States. As you look forward to the rest of 2021, we hope the holidays we’ve profiled here give you something to hang on to as the nation continues to emerge from the pandemic. In times like these, it’s more important than ever to take a moment to reflect. We wish you nothing but health and success and we hope you have a fantastic 2021!

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