2024 Calendar of Legal Holidays for State Employees in the
Classified Service of the Executive Branch

The following information is issued by the Attendance and Leave Unit of the Division of Staffing Services and applies only to classified service employees in the Executive Branch who are subject to the Attendance Rules for Employees in New York State Departments and Institutions. For further information, please contact the Attendance and Leave Unit at (518) 457-2295.

Legal holidays listed are those contained in New York State’s General Construction Law. With the exception of Flag Day, all legal holidays are observed as holidays by eligible State employees. This calendar will be updated to reflect floating holidays for the fiscal year once they have been designated.

This calendar does not modify provisions of negotiated agreements or the Civil Service Commission’s Attendance Rules on the subject of holidays. Additional information on holiday benefits is contained in the Attendance and Leave Manual, Section 21.1.

Month Date Day of Week Legal Holiday
JANUARY 1 Monday New Year's Day
  15 Monday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
FEBRUARY 12 Monday Lincoln's Birthday (a)
  19 Monday Washington's Birthday (Observed)
MAY 27 Monday Memorial Day
JUNE 19 Wednesday Juneteenth
JULY 4 Thursday Independence Day
SEPTEMBER 2 Monday Labor Day
OCTOBER 14 Monday Columbus Day
NOVEMBER 5 Tuesday Election Day
  11 Monday Veterans' Day
  28 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
DECEMBER 25 Wednesday Christmas Day

(a) The State has designated Lincoln's Birthday as a floating holiday in 2024 for State employees in certain bargaining units.*

 *See Advisory Memoranda 2023-03 for further information regarding Floating Holidays for Contract Year 2023-2024.