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Faculty & Staff: Human Resources:Benefits: Legal Holidays

Legal holidays observed by the Boston Campus

Legal Holidays


New Year's Day

January 1

Martin Luther King Day

Monday nearest Jan. 15 (Dr. King's birthday)

President's Day

Monday prior to Feb. 22 (Washington's birthday)

Evacuation Day
(Suffolk County)

March 17

Patriots Day

Monday after April 16

Memorial Day

Monday in May nearest May 30 (Memorial Day actual)

Bunker Hill Day
(Suffolk County)

June 17

Independence Day

July 4**

Labor Day

First Monday in September

Columbus Day

October 9

Veteran's Day

November 11*


Thursday preceding the last Sunday in November

Christmas Day

December 25*


Under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause Eighteen, legal holidays that fall on a Saturday shall be observed on that day. All offices under the jurisdiction of any department of state government shall be open to the public for business on the Friday preceding any Saturday holiday. However, as many employees as possible should be given that friday off. Employees assigned to work shall be given an additional day off as the law and applicable collective bargaining agreements allow. Whenever possible the following Monday should be used as the alternative day.


A legal holiday shall be observed the day following when said holiday shall occur on Sunday (Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause Eighteen).

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