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This memo, which supersedes the last holiday memo issued December 6, 2010, contains a list of paid legal holidays and the schedule of dates when they will be observed as set forth in MGL Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause Eighteen. 

The following is a list of legal holidays and the dates on which they will be observed for calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Consult the Red Book or the relevant collective bargaining agreements with regard to compensatory time off or compensation for employees who work on holidays.  Also see:  http://www.mass.gov/bb/gaa/fy2011/os_11/h5.htm


Legal Holidays





New Year's DayJanuary 1 **January 1January 1
Martin Luther King DayJanuary 16January 21January 20
President's DayFebruary 20February 18February 17
Patriots' DayApril 16April 15April 21
Memorial DayMay 28May 27May 26
Independence DayJuly 4July 4July 4
Labor DaySeptember 3September 2September 1
Columbus DayOctober 8October 14October 13
Veterans' DayNovember 11 **November 11November 11
Thanksgiving DayNovember 22November 28November 27
Christmas DayDecember 25December 25December 25


Suffolk County Holidays

Legal  Holidays                                              2012                            2013                          2014

+ Evacuation Day (Suffolk County)                March 17*                   March 17**               March 17

+ Bunker Hill Day (Suffolk County)               June 17**                     June 17                      June 17

March 17 and June 17 remain legal holidays.  However, all state offices will remain open for business on these dates.  March 17 and June 17 are no longer holidays under the Red Book (Rules Governing Paid Leave and Other Benefits for Managers and Confidential Employees). 

Additionally, they are no longer holidays for many statewide bargaining units, including but not limited to, Units 1, 2, 3, 4A, 6, 8, 9, and 10.  If your bargaining unit is not listed here, please refer to your latest collective bargaining agreement or memorandum of understanding (MOU) to determine if these two dates are still recognized holidays for your bargaining unit.

Saturday Holidays

*In the event a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, all offices under the jurisdiction of any department of state government shall be open to the public for business on the Friday immediately preceding any Saturday holiday.

Managers and confidential employees:  As many employees as possible should be given off the  Friday immediately preceding the Saturday holiday.  Whenever possible, the following Monday shall be used as the alternative day off.  Employees assigned to work shall be given an additional day off (Red Book). 

Bargaining unit employees: See the relevant collective bargaining agreement.

Sunday Holidays

** In the event a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday. 

Please download the printable version   Legal Holiday Memo doc format of Legal Holiday Memo
- Last Update: October 4, 2012


This information provided by the Human Resources Division .