This memo, which supersedes the last holiday memo issued October 22, 2014, 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 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Consult the Red Book or the relevant collective bargaining agreements with regard to compensatory time off or compensation for employees who work on holidays. 

Legal Holidays




New Year’s Day

January 1

January 1**

January 1

Martin Luther King Day

January 18

January 16

January 15

President’s Day

February 15

February 20

February 19

Patriots’ Day

April 18

April 17

April 16

Memorial Day

May 30

May 29

May 28

Independence Day

July 4

July 4

July 4

Labor Day

September 5

September 4

September 3

Columbus Day

October 10

October 9

October 8

Veterans’ Day

November 11

November 11*

November 11**

Thanksgiving Day

November 24

November 23

November 22

Christmas Day

December 25**

December 25

December 25

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: February 22, 2016


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