Legal Public Holidays 2024


Effective Date: Expiration Date: Chapters:
Jan. 9, 2024 When Superseded 12  


This issuance provides the list of all legal public holidays for calendar year 2024. This issuance also contains additional information on full-time and part-time employee schedules, and holiday premium pay for employees who are required to work during a legal public holiday.

Public Holidays

Full-Time Schedules with a Monday through Friday workweek

For calendar year 2024, for pay and leave purposes, the legal public holidays for full-time District government employees with basic workweeks of Monday through Friday will be observed as follows:

Calendar Year 2024 Legal Public Holidays
New Year's Day Monday, January 1, 2024
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Monday, January 15, 2024
Washington's Birthday Monday, February 19, 2024
D.C. Emancipation Day Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2024
Juneteenth National Independence Day Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Independence Day Thursday, July 4, 2024
Labor Day Monday, September 2, 2024
Indigenous Peoples' Day Monday, October 14, 2024
Veterans Day Monday, November 11, 2024
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28, 2024
Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25, 2024

Part-Time Schedules; Schedules Other Than Monday through Friday

Specific rules govern which workday will be observed as a legal public holiday for employees with part time schedules and employees whose basic workweek does not occur between Monday through Friday. Student employees paid by stipend are not entitled to holidays.  

Part-Time Employees

For part-time employees, whenever a public holiday falls on a workday within the employee’s scheduled tour of duty, the part-time employee will be entitled to holiday pay. When a public holiday falls on a non-workday for a part-time employee, the part-time employee is not entitled to holiday pay, and no “in-lieu-of” holiday or alternative day off is authorized for that part-time employee.

Full-Time Employees with Non-Standard Workweeks

For full-time employees with schedules other than Monday through Friday, including compressed work schedules, when a holiday falls on a regularly scheduled day off, the legal public holiday for that employee depends on their scheduled tour of duty. The resulting legal public holiday is often called an “in-lieu-of” holiday. For these employees, when a holiday falls on the:

  • First (or only) non-workday of the administrative workweek - the “in-lieu-of” holiday for the employee is the day immediately before the legal public holiday; and
  • Second (or subsequent) non-workday of the administrative workweek - the “in-lieu-of” holiday for the employee is the first scheduled workday following the legal public holiday.

The following section, “’In-Lieu-Of’ Schedules for Non-Standard Workweeks,” provides specific guidance on how to determine an “in-lieu-of” holiday.

“In-Lieu-Of” Schedules for Non-Standard Workweeks

Please refer to the tables below for guidance on determining the legal public holiday for employees who work non-standard schedules.

Monday Holidays

  • New Year’s Day:  January 1, 2024
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday:  January 15, 2024
  • Washington’s Birthday: February 19, 2024
  • Memorial Day:  May 27, 2024
  • Labor Day: September 2, 2024
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day:  October 14, 2024
  • Veteran’s Day: November 11, 2024
"In-Lieu-Of" Days for Monday Holidays
Scheduled Days Off "In-Lieu-Of" Holiday New Year's Day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Washington's Birthday Memorial Day Labor Day Indigenous Peoples' Day Veterans Day
Sun & Mon Tues Jan 2 Jan 16 Feb 20 May 28 Sep 3 Oct 15 Nov 12
Mon & Tues Sun Dec 31 Jan 14 Feb 18 May 26 Sep 1 Oct 13 Nov 10
Mon & Wed
Mon & Thurs
Mon & Fri
Mon & Sa

 Tuesday Holidays

  • DC Emancipation Day: April 16, 2024
"In-Lieu-Of" Days for Tuesday Holidays
Scheduled Days Off "In-Lieu-Of" Holiday DC Emancipation Day
Sun & Tues Wed April 17
Mon & Tues
Tues & Wed Mon April 15
Tues & Thurs
Tues & Fri
Tues & Sat

Wednesday Holidays

  • Juneteenth National Independence Day:  June 19, 2024
  • Christmas Day: December 25, 2024
"In-Lieu-Of" Days for Wednesday Holidays
Scheduled Days Off "In-Lieu-Of" Holiday Juneteenth Christmas
Sun & Wed Thurs June 20 Dec 26
Mon & Wed
Tue & Wed
Wed & Thurs Tues June 18 Dec 24
Wed & Fri
Wed & Sat

 Thursday Holidays

  • Independence Day: July 4, 2024
  • Thanksgiving Day: November 28, 2024
"In-Lieu-Of" Days for Thursday Holidays
Scheduled Days Off "In-Lieu-Of" Holiday Independence Day Thanksgiving
Sun & Thurs Fri July 5 Nov 29
Wed & Thurs
Mon & Thurs
Tues & Thurs
Thurs & Fri Wed July 3 Nov 27
Thurs & Sat

Required Work on Holidays and Holiday Premium Pay

Some District government agencies must operate on legal public holidays. For this reason, agencies may schedule employees to work on holidays. However, an employee scheduled to work on a holiday may take annual leave, sick leave, or leave without pay when such leave is approved by the agency according to agency leave procedures. If the employee’s leave request is not approved, then they are required to report to work on the holiday.

An employee who performs actual work on a holiday or on a day established as an in-lieu-of holiday will be paid holiday premium pay for that day. Holiday premium pay will only be paid for work actually performed. An employee who performs holiday work is entitled to a minimum of two hours of holiday premium pay. For further guidance on holiday premium pay, please refer to Premium Pay – Holiday Premium Pay, E- District Personnel Manual (DPM) Issuance No. 11B-73 (Feb. 25, 2010).

Employees Who Are Not Eligible to Receive Holiday Premium Pay

Subject to individual agency policies, employees who are required to work on a holiday but use approved leave will not receive holiday premium pay nor an “in-lieu-of” holiday. Employees who are paid at Grade 15 or above shall not be entitled to holiday premium pay.

Collective Bargaining Agreements

In the event of a conflict between any of the provisions of this E-DPM issuance and any collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the provisions of the CBA will control to the extent that there is a difference.


  1. Legal public holidays, D.C. Official Code § 1-612.02.
  2. Premium Pay – Holiday Premium Pay, E-DPM Issuance No. 11B-73 (Feb. 25, 2010).
  3. Legal Public Holidays, E-DPM § 1220.
  4. Entitlement to Holidays, E-DPM § 1221.
  5. Determining Holidays, E-DPM § 1222.
  6. Effect of Holidays, E-DPM § 1223.


This issuance applies to those District government agencies subordinate to the Mayor’s personnel authority. Other personnel authorities or independent agencies may adopt any of these procedures to provide guidance to employees under their respective jurisdictions. The provisions in this issuance exclude the following employees:

  1. Uniformed members of the Metropolitan Police Department; and
  2. Uniformed members of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.

Additional Information

For additional information concerning this issuance, please contact the Department of Human Resources, Policy and Compliance Administration, by calling (202) 442-9700 or by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

Issued by Director Charles Hall, D.C. Department of Human Resources on Jan. 9, 2024, 8:17 a.m.