Maine Legal Holidays Laws

We’ve all been there. You show up to pay your taxes or get your license at the DMV only to find out the office is closed. To avoid wasting time on a day you forgot was a holiday (probably because you didn’t have it off) take note of the list below. Each state sets aside certain days of the year as holidays where state courts, government buildings, and public schools are closed.

Patriot’s Day

If you’re a recent transplant to New England, you may not have heard of Patriot’s Day before. Patriot’s Day is a unique holiday that Massachusetts and Maine celebrate to commemorate the first fight between the British and colonial militia at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Basically, this day remembers the beginning of the American Revolution. While originally celebrated on April 19th of each year (as April 19, 1775 was the date of the battles), it’s now celebrated on the third Monday in April. Everyone loves a good three day weekend.

Holidays in Maine

The table below lists the legal holidays in Maine.

Code Sections Maine Code Revised Title 4: Judiciary, Section 1051: Legal Holidays and Title 20-A: Education, Section 4802: (School) Holidays
Legal State Court Holidays Maine state government and state courts celebrate the following holidays:
  • New Year's Day – January 1st, school boards can vote to stay open this day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – 3rd Monday in January
  • Washington's Birthday or President’s Day – 3rd Monday in February, school boards can vote to stay open this day
  • Patriot's Day – 3rd Monday in April
  • Memorial Day – Last Monday in May
    • Note: Until 1971, Memorial Day or Decoration Day was celebrated on May 30th. Maine will revert to May 30th if that’s when the federal government celebrates the holiday.
  • Independence Day – July 4th
  • Labor Day – First Monday of September
  • Columbus Day – 2nd Monday in October
  • Veterans' Day – November 11th
  • Thanksgiving and Black Friday – 4th Thursday in November and the day after or as designated by the governor
  • Christmas Day – December 25th

In order for everyone to get a three day weekend, which a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is the day it’s observed.

Working on a Holiday

Some jobs are so necessary, like nursing and public transportation providers, that even if it’s a major holiday, someone must be working. Unfortunately, your employer doesn’t have to pay time-and-a-half or a bonus for working on a holiday, unless you have an employment contract that says otherwise.

Note: State laws are updated frequently. Please contact a knowledgeable attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify any state laws you’re researching.

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