Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day, a Federal Holiday that was signed into law in 1986 by President Reagan. The day earmarked to honor the life of Dr King is officially the third Monday in January, which falls on or near his actual birthday, January 15. This year, 2017, would have marked his 88th birthday.

What is the difference between a Federal and National Holiday and what is open/closed?

A Federal Holiday is one that has been recognized by the US Government. Government offices will be closed, and federal employees are paid to have the day off.

A National Holiday is one that every person would be off from work. After checking out multiple sources, turns out the United States does not have a National Holiday. The closest holiday that could possibly be seen as a day every person across the United States might celebrate is the 4th of July or Independence Day.

Here is a list of our Federal Holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Washington's Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

States have the option of recognizing the Federal Holiday. For instance, not all states recognized Martin Luther King Jr Day, until 1999 when Iowa became the last state to recognize the holiday.

What is closed today?

  • Banks
  • Government Offices
  • Post Offices
  • Most Schools
  • Metro North is running on a Saturday schedule