This memo, which supersedes the last holiday memo issued October 4, 2012, 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 2014, 2015 and 2016.  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:


Legal Holidays





New Year's DayJanuary 1January 1January 1
Martin Luther King DayJanuary 20January 19January 18
President's DayFebruary 17February 16February 15
Patriots' DayApril 21April 20April 18
Memorial DayMay 26May 25May 30
Independence DayJuly 4July 4*July 4
Labor DaySeptember 1September 7September 5
Columbus DayOctober 13October 12October 10
Veterans' DayNovember 11November 11November 11
Thanksgiving DayNovember 27November 26November 24
Christmas DayDecember 25December 25December 25**


Suffolk County Holidays

Legal  Holidays                                              2014                            2015                2016

+ 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. 


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- Last Update: October 22, 2014


This information provided by the Human Resources Division .