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Florida Legal Holidays Laws

Certain holidays, including Labor Day and Memorial Day, are officially recognized in all states. On these days, workers typically are paid extra and certain institutions (like banks) are closed. But each state has its own legal holidays that reflect their unique history and culture. Whether an employee must be paid for a holiday, and whether that employee must be paid holiday pay if they work on a holiday, are governed by employment law. Florida state holidays that are paid days off for state employees include Confederate Memorial Day, Pascuia Florida Day, and Robert E. Lee's Birthday.

The table below identifies the code section for legal holidays in Florida while the lists below identify specific federal and state holidays. See FindLaw's Employment Law center to learn more about your rights as an employee.

Code Section 110.117; 683.01; legal holidays-public holidays
Holidays See lists below for state and federal holidays.

Federal Holidays

The following is a list of federal holidays in the United States. Federal employees and bank employees generally get paid for these days off. Private sector employees may get the day off as well, or may receive holiday pay if they work. However, holiday pay is not required by the federal government, or the state of Florida. If they holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it is customary for employers to give time off on the preceding Friday or following Monday.

  • New Year's Day: January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Third Monday of January
  • Inauguration Day: January 20 (every 4th year) (or the 21st if the 20th is a Sunday)
  • Washington's Birthday: Third Monday of February
  • Memorial Day: Last Monday of May
  • Independence Day: July 4
  • Labor Day: First Monday of September
  • Columbus Day: Second Monday of October
  • Veterans Day: November 11
  • Thanksgiving: Fourth Thursday of November
  • Christmas Day: December 25

Florida Holidays

Florida recognizes certain holidays that are unique to the state. Like the federal holidays, state employees and bank employees may get the day off. Private sector employees may also get holiday pay if they work those days as well.

  • Confederate Memorial Day: April 26
  • Pascua Florida Day: April 2nd
  • Robert E. Lee's Birthday: January 19

Whether your employer gives you time off for a holiday is generally up to their discretion. In many businesses, like retail and restaurants, holidays are their busiest time, and someone has to work. However, employers cannot discriminate against you when giving time off. For example, an employer cannot force you to work on a religious holiday because they know that you don't practice that religion. If you would like to know more about your rights as an employee, or if you would like to discuss your situation with a qualified legal professional, there are many employment law attorneys throughout Florida who may be able to help.

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