In the United States, a Federal holiday is a holiday for which federal workers are excused from work. The ten currently recognized Federal holidays are:
- New Year's Day
- Inauguration Day (for certain workers)
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr
- Washington's Birthday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Private employers are not required to observe these holidays, although many businesses will close at least for New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Some people have objected to honoring Martin Luther King, Jr and Christopher Columbus with holidays. As a result, Martin Luther King Day took several years to gain national acceptance and was renamed Human Rights Day in some locations, and Columbus Day is not celebrated in all states, although it remains a holiday for federal workers in those states.