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2021 California State Holidays

The table below is a list of holidays in California for 2021.

The next paid holidays for State of California employees are Thursday, November 25th for Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 26th for the day after Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday!

2021 State of California Employee Holidays

Holiday Day
New Year's DayFriday, January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. DayMonday, January18
Presidents' DayMonday, February 15
Cesar Chavez DayWednesday, March 31
Memorial DayMonday, May 31
Independence DayMonday, July 5*
Labor DayMonday, September 6
Veterans DayThursday, November 11
ThanksgivingThursday, November 25
Day After ThanksgivingFriday, November 26
Christmas DaySaturday, December 25**
  • *With July 4 falling on a Sunday, the holiday is observed Monday, July 5
  • **With Christmas falling on a Saturday, State employees will receive holiday credit

Notes On Holidays

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

More On Holidays

  • Columbus Day (October 11, 2021) 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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