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Definition of a Federal Observance

Federal observances differ from Federal holidays in that Federal employees only receive a day free from work on holidays, not observances. Federal observances that are designated by Congress appear in Title 36 of the United States Code (36 U.S.C. § 101 et seq.). Below is a list of all observances so designated. Note that not all of the laws below require that the observance be declared, in some cases, such as 36 U.S.C. § 114, Congress simply requested the President to issue a proclamation of the observance.

The President may also declare selected Federal observances by presidential proclamation. Those observances are referenced at the List of observances in the United States by presidential proclamation.
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Constitution Week
National Flag Week
National Forest Products Week
National Poison Prevention Week
National Safe Boating Week
National School Lunch Week
National Transportation Week
Police Week
Save Your Vision Week
National Friendship Week
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