CONSTITUTION DAY

Is Constitution Day a federal public holiday in the US?

The United States honors the Constitution and Citizenship on 17 September, two of the foundations of the nation, but is it a federal public holiday?

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Is Constitution Day a federal public holiday in the US?
JASON SZENES EFE

The founding fathers got together in Philadelphia in 1787 to write up a new constitution, the first version the 13 states agreed to wasn’t cutting it. “The second time lucky!” The document 39 delegates signed has held firm for 234 years with some modifications over time to create a more “more perfect Union”.

Unlike other landmark events in US history that pivotal day didn’t become a national holiday until 2004. However, the day is not a federal public holiday so all businesses and government offices are open for business.

What federal public holidays are there in the US?

Most holidays in the US fall on Monday, this is thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill passed by Congress in 1968. The change allowed workers to have a number of long weekends throughout the year. When fixed holidays such as Christmas or the 4th of July fall on a Saturday or Sunday they are moved to either Monday or Friday. Government employees enjoy all federal public holidays but private employers can choose to omit certain holidays, normally Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Banks as well open on many federal public holidays, but this depends on the financial institution, however transactions will not be processed until the following workday.

United State federal public holidays

January 1 New Year’s Day
Third Monday in January Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Third Monday in February Washington’s Birthday
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
Third Friday in June
Juneteenth National Independence Day
July 4 Independence Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
Second Monday in October Columbus Day
November 11 Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day