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Federal & California Holiday Calendar 2022/2023

2022 and 2023 holiday dates with federal observance dates. There are eleven Federal and ten California holidays observed by the United States and California governments. Not all eleven are the same between the U.S. government and State of California. States and private companies are not required to observe federal holidays, but most state and local governments as well as many private businesses are also closed on these days.

Federal and California Holiday Calendar

Aside from celebrating all federal holidays, California observes:

  • Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) – January 22, 2023
  • Rosa Parks Day – February 4
  • César Chávez Day – March 31 * CA Paid Holiday
  • Genocide Remembrance Day – April 24
  • Juneteenth – June 19
  • Native American Day – September 22
  • California also considers the day after Thanksgiving a paid holiday.

2023 Holiday Calendar

  • New Year’s Day (Federal/California Holiday): Sunday, January 1, 2023; Observed Monday, January 2, 2023 * CA Paid Holiday
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday (Federal Holiday/California)*1: Monday, January 16, 2023; Third Monday in January * CA Paid Holiday
  • Lunar New Year: Sunday, January 22, 2023
  • Rosa Parks Day (California Holiday): Saturday, February 4, 2023
  • Valentine’s Day: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
  • Washington’s Birthday aka President’s Day*2 (Federal Holiday/California): Monday, February 20; Third Monday in February * CA Paid Holiday
  • St. Patrick’s Day: Friday, March 17, 2023
  • César Chávez Day (California Holiday)*3: Friday, March 31, 2023 * CA Paid Holiday
  • Ramadan: Friday, April 1 to Sunday, May 1, 2023
  • Easter: Sunday, April 9, 2023
  • Tax Day*4: Monday, April 17, 2023 (filing date)
  • Earth Day: Saturday, April 22, 2023
  • Genocide Remembrance Day​: Monday, April 24, 2023
  • Cinco de Mayo: Friday, May 5, 2023
  • Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 14, 2023; Second Sunday in May
  • Memorial Day (Federal Holiday/California): Monday, May 29, 2023; Last Monday in May * CA Paid Holiday
  • D-Day: Tuesday, June 6, 2023
  • Juneteenth (Federal Holiday): Monday, June 19, 2023
  • Father’s Day: Sunday, June 18, 2023; Third Sunday in June
  • Independence Day (Federal/California Holiday): Tuesday, July 4, 2023 * CA Paid Holiday
  • Labor Day (Federal/California Holiday): Monday, September 4, 2023; First Monday in September * CA Paid Holiday
  • Patriot Day: Monday, September 11, 2023
  • Native American Day: Friday, September 22, 2023
  • Columbus Day (Federal Holiday)*5: Monday, October 9, 2023
  • Indigenous People’s Day: Monday, October 9, 2023
  • Halloween: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023
  • Election Day: Tuesday, November 8, 2023; Always on a Tuesday
  • Veteran’s Day (Federal/California Holiday): Saturday, November 11, 2023; Observed Friday, November 10, 2023 * CA Paid Holiday
  • Thanksgiving Day (Federal/California Holiday): Thursday, November 23, 2023; Fourth Thursday in November * CA Paid Holiday
  • Day After Thanksgiving (California Holiday): Friday, November 24, 2023 * CA Paid Holiday
  • Black Friday: Friday, November 24, 2023; Fourth Friday in November
  • Cyber Monday: Monday, Nov. 27, 2023; Monday after Black Friday
  • Giving Tuesday: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023; Tuesday after Thanksgiving
  • Pearl Harbor: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023
  • Christmas Eve: Sunday, December 24, 2023
  • Christmas Day (Federal/California Holiday): Monday, December 25, 2023 * CA Paid Holiday
  • New Year’s Eve: Sunday, December 31, 2023

For Federal and California, when a holiday falls on a Saturday, employees shall receive holiday credit.

For the Federal and California, when a holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed on the following Monday.

An Observed Holiday is when a public federal, state, or local holiday is celebrated on a date that is not the actual event’s anniversary date.

Private employers almost universally observe six holidays. The “standard six” are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. After the standard six, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Good Friday, and Presidents Day are the next most commonly observed.

California State Holidays (Paid)

In addition to the above state paid holiday, effective January 1, 2023, the Governor proclaimed the following holidays, which may be taken in lieu of receiving a personal holiday.

  • Lunar New Year: Sunday, January 22 
  • Genocide Remembrance Day​: Monday, April 24
  • Juneteenth: Monday, June 19​
  • Native American Day: Friday, September 22​

California Closed Public School Days Off

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or the Monday or Friday in the week in which January 15 falls
  • The Monday or Friday of the week in which Lincoln Day falls
  • Washington Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Any other day designated by the president or governor
  • Any other day designated by the governing school board

Calendar Notes

  1. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated to mark the birthday of Dr. King, and is observed on the third Monday in January. His actual birthday is January 15.
  2. According to the federal government, the holiday observed on the third Monday in February is officially Washington’s Birthday. But many Americans believe that this holiday is called “Presidents’ Day,” in honor of both Presidents Washington and Lincoln, whose birthdays are Feb. 22 and Feb. 12, respectively.
  3. Cesar Chavez Day (March 31) is not a Holiday observed statewide. Although State of California employees get the day off, most school districts, businesses and federal employees still have to work.
  4. April 15th of each year is National Tax Day. The Federal income tax filing deadline is midnight on April 15th of every year, with extensions occurring when the 15th lands on a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday.
  5. Columbus Day is not a paid holiday for State of California employees.

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