Is Easter Monday a Holiday? What to Know Before the Weekend

When you think of Easter, you may envision jelly beans, marshmallow chicks, fluffy bunnies and, of course, the true reason for the day: the resurrection of Jesus. And when it comes to celebrating the holiday, you probably already have everything planned out, from your annual Easter brunch to your family’s epic egg hunts. But what happens come Easter Monday?

For many religious denominations, the Monday following resurrection Sunday is recognized as a time of reflection and reverence for Jesus sacrificing his life on the cross and rising again. Though this is a significant event and widely acknowledged holiday, you may find yourself wondering if Easter Monday is traditionally observed as a federal holiday in the U.S.

With most federal holidays, government institutions such as banks and post offices are closed, and employees of those businesses are typically given the day off. Lucky for you, we have all the details concerning Easter Monday below.

Is Easter Monday a federal holiday?

Much like Good Friday in many parts of the United States, Easter Monday is not observed as a federal holiday. This is because it is not listed as one of the 11 days that are observed as public holidays for federal employees under Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103). Other countries around the world, however do acknowledge the holiday, and even though it is not a federal holiday in the U.S., the White House traditionally hosts its annual Easter egg roll and other celebrations for Easter on the Monday following the holiday.

What are the federal holidays for 2023?

  • New Year’s Day — Monday, January 2
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. — Monday, January 16
  • Washington’s Birthday — Monday, February 20
  • Memorial Day — Monday, May 29
  • Juneteenth National Independence Day — Monday, June 19
  • Independence Day — Tuesday, July 4
  • Labor Day — Monday, September 4
  • Columbus Day — Monday, October 9
  • Veterans Day — Friday, November 10
  • Thanksgiving Day — Thursday, November 23
  • Christmas Day — Monday, December 25

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