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2020 California State Holidays


The table below is a list of holidays in California for 2020.

The next paid holiday for State of California employees is Monday, September 7th for Labor Day. Enjoy your day off!

2020 State of California Employee Holidays

Holiday Day
New Year's DayWednesday, January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. DayMonday, January 20
Presidents' DayMonday, February 17
Cesar Chavez DayTuesday, March 31
Memorial DayMonday, May 25
Independence DaySaturday, July 4*
Labor DayMonday, September 7
Veterans DayWednesday, November 11
ThanksgivingThursday, November 26
Day After ThanksgivingFriday, November 27
Christmas DayFriday, December 25

*Because Independence Day falls on a Saturday in 2020, full-time State Employees will receive 8 hours of Holiday Credit.

Notes On Holidays

  • New Year’s Day – January 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – 3rd Monday in January
  • President's Day – 3rd Monday in February
  • Cesar Chavez Day – March 31
  • Memorial Day – The last Monday in May
  • Independence Day – July 4
  • Labor Day – First Monday in September
  • Veterans Day – November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day – 4th Thursday in November
  • Day After Thanksgiving – The Friday after Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day – December 25

More On Holidays

  • Columbus Day (October 12, 2020) is not a paid holiday for State of California employees.
  • When A Holiday falls on a Saturday, State Employees receive Holiday Credit. If it falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed the next day.
  • President’s Day is also known as Washington’s Birthday.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated to mark the birthday of Dr. King, and is observed on the third Monday in January. His actual birthday is January 15.
  • State Employees receive 1 Personal Holiday per year, which is credited on July 1st.
  • Cesar Chavez Day (March 31) is not a Holiday observed statewide. Although State of California employees get the day off, most school districts, businesses and federal employees still have to work.

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