U.S. Federal Holidays Calendar 2022: Full List of Dates

There are several federal holidays observed annually in the U.S., as of 2021, including Christmas, which is among the last ones of the year.

What Are Federal Holidays?

Federal holidays date back to 1870, the year when the first four congressionally designated federal holidays were created, according to the Congressional Research Service of the U.S. Congress.

"Although frequently called public or national holidays, these celebrations are only legally applicable to federal employees and the District of Columbia [Washington, D.C.], as the states individually decide their own legal holidays," the Congressional Research Service explains.

Many government offices are closed on federal holidays, while some private businesses may also be shut. "Federal employees receive pay and many receive time off for federal holidays," says USA.gov, an official U.S. government website.

If a federal holiday takes place during the weekend, the government may observe it on another day, notes USA.gov. This means if a federal holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the Friday before it, while those that land on a Sunday are observed the Monday after.

This explains why in 2021, workers were given Christmas Eve off, even though it's not officially a federal holiday. This year, December 24 serves as the official day of observance for Christmas, since December 25 falls on a Saturday.

How Many Federal Holidays Are There in the U.S.?

As of 2021, there are 12 permanent federal holidays in the U.S., according to the Congressional Research Service. Below are the official dates for the federal holidays every year in chronological order.

Full List of U.S Federal Holidays in 2022

Below are the observed dates for the U.S. federal holidays for 2022, listed in chronological order.

  • New Year's Day: December 31, 2021
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.: January 17, 2022
  • Washington's Birthday (Presidents Day): February 21, 2022
  • Memorial Day: May 30, 2022
  • Juneteenth: June 20, 2022
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2022
  • Labor Day: September 5, 2022
  • Columbus Day: October 10, 2022
  • Veterans Day: November 11, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Day: November 24, 2022
  • Christmas Day: December 26, 2022