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State Holidays

​​2024​ Holiday Dates

  • Monday, January 1 New Year’s Day
  • Monday, January 15​ Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 19​ Presidents’ Day
  • Monday, April 1 Cesar Chavez Day (Observed)**
  • Monday, May 27 Memorial Day
  • Thursday, July 4 Independence Day
  • Monday, September 2 Labor Day
  • Monday, November 11 Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 28 Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday, November 29 Day after Thanksgiving
  • Wednesday, December 25 Christmas Day

*When a holiday falls on a Saturday, employees shall receive holiday credit.

 **When a holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed on the following Monday. When November 11 falls upon a Saturday, the preceding Friday is observed. ​

In addition to the holidays listed, excluded employees receive one personal holiday per fiscal year.

To be eligible for a personal holiday (PH), an employee must be: (a) appointed to a class that requires a probationary period; (b) appointed to an exempt position where leave credits are earned; or (c) appointed to a Career Executive Assignment (CEA) position for more than six months.  Once eligible employees complete six months of their initial probationary period, they are credited with a personal holiday for the current fiscal year.  Thereafter, the personal holiday is credited on July 1 of each year.​

In addition to the above state paid holidays, effective January 1, 2024, Senate Bill 461 implements Government Code section 19853.2, which allows excluded employees who earn a PH to convert it to Holiday Credit to observe any holiday or ceremony of the employee's religion, culture, or heritage. PH usage is subject to departmental approval under Government Code section 19854. 

Interested in adding the state’s holidays and direct deposit pay dates? Download this Outlook attachment and follow the prompt to add them to your calendar. If you have problems, please contact your department’s IT division for assistance.

​​​​Employee Designation:  Manager, Supervisor, Confidential, and Excluded

References:  Government  Code sections 19853, 19853.2, and 19854​​

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