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The holidays listed below represent those federal holidays which are observed by the majority of states in the US.

"Federal holidays are designated by Congress in Title V of the United States Code (5 U.S.C. § 6103). If a holiday falls on a Saturday it is celebrated the preceding Friday; if a holiday falls on a Sunday it is celebrated the following Monday. Most, but not all states, and most, but not all private businesses also observe a Sunday holiday on the following Monday. It is less common, however, for a state or private business to observe a Saturday holiday on the preceding Friday. Some states and private businesses may observe it then, a few might observe it on Monday, and some might not observe the holiday at all in those years. In particular, banks that close on Saturdays do not observe a holiday when it falls on Saturday." 
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The United States federal government designates
national holidays for federal employees only.
State and local governments generally observe these holidays as well as many State Holidays.












U.S Office of Personnel Management:
See Federal Holiday's and dates for 2008, 2009, 2010
http://www.opm.gov/fedhol/index.asp
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List of Holidays

Every country has a list of holidays and observances related to their religion, origin, and nation. Others may get a deep insight into the traditions and customs by examining a country?s holidays and celebrations. The United States is a country which does not have national holidays but has established a number of federal holidays. Every state in the United States has its own jurisdiction over the observance of these holidays.

New Years Day, Independence Day, Christmas Day, Veterans Day, the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Inauguration Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, United States of America's Independence Day, Labor Day, Washington's Birthday, Columbus Day, Election Day, and Thanksgiving Day are among these federal holidays and celebrations of the United States.

The four federal holidays such as New Years Day, Independence Day, Christmas Day, and Veterans Day are celebrated by date. The federal holidays such as the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, and Washington's Birthday are set by a day of the week and month.

The United States of America's Independence Day is celebrated on 4th July. The Inauguration Day falls on January 20th and is observed every four years starting from 1965.

The Groundhog Day, Lincoln's Birthday, April Fools Day, Administrative Assistants' Day, Arbor Day, Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, Earth Day, Parents' Day, United Nations Day, and Halloween are other celebrations which are widely observed by the Americans.

Mardi Gras, also called Fat Tuesday, is a notable observance that occurs on the day prior to Ash Wednesday. It marks the end of the carnival season, which once began on Epiphany but is now usually celebrated the last three days before Lent. This event attracts thousands of local and international visitors to the New Orleans area.

St. Patrick's Day and Kwanza are some other religious and ethnic observances celebrated by the people of America.

If a federal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is usually celebrated on the following Monday. Likewise, if a holiday is on Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday.

This is mainly done for the ease of pay and leave benefits of the federal employees working in the United States.

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