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Federal holidays 2019: When are they and how many do you get this year?

With May here, it means we’ve almost reached long-awaited summer time. In addition to warmer weather, picnics, and longer days, the month of May also brings with it a federal holiday.On Monday, May 27, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service for the country.The holiday, which marks the unofficial start to summer, is typically honoured with American flags and visits to grave sites, as well as barbecues, parades, and time spent outside. Federal holidays, often observed with paid-time off from work, were created by Congress in 1885 when it was decided that federal employees should have certain days off from work.As time went by, Congress realised how nice it was to have paid-time off – and added historical days of significance to the list of federal holidays, bringing the total number to 10.And, to ensure that Americans get the chance to celebrate the holidays no matter what day they fall on, there are guidelines for observing.Federal holidays that fall on a Saturday are observed by federal employees on the previous Friday, whereas holidays that fall on Sunday are observed the following Monday.On these days, non-essential federal government offices are closed and banks, post offices and schools may also be closed.For employees in the private sector, federal holidays may or may not mean a day off – as they cannot legally be required to observe the holiday. Fortunately, most employers will still give employees the day off – or pay extra to employees working on the day.These are the days to mark on your calendar for the coming year – and the best days to book a long weekend. 2019 Federal holidays:New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.: Monday, January 21Birthday of George Washington (President’s Day): Monday, February 18Memorial Day: Monday, May 27Independence Day: Thursday, July 4Labor Day: Monday, September 2Columbus Day: Monday, October 14Veterans Day: Monday, November 11Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25 Other important holidays to note that you don’t get off for:Groundhog Day: Saturday, February 2Valentine’s Day: Thursday, February 14Saint Patrick’s Day: Sunday, March 17Tax Day: Monday, April 15Good Friday: Friday, April 19Easter: Sunday, April 21Cinco de Mayo: Sunday, May 5Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 12Father’s Day: Sunday, June 16Halloween: Thursday, October 31Black Friday: Friday, November 29Click here for easyJet discount codes

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall.