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August 3, 2018

"Leave Days" for Americans in 2019

U.S. Holiday Planner 2019
If you work on an international software team or on an offshore development team with American colleagues or clients, this post will act as a helpful guide to "off days" in many American offices. 

While this calendar is helpful, and will link to information about the holidays (how and why it's celebrated, greetings, and small talk topics), it's always helpful to request a holiday list from your counterparts as not all companies will observe all holidays listed here, they may have floating holidays, or regional holidays that may not be listed here. 


Days Off in 2019

When is .....  January 2019?
1 - New Year’s Day
15 Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday 

When is .....  February 2019?
Groundhog’s Day
4 - First Sunday- Superbowl (American Football Championship)
14 – Valentine’s Day
19 - President's Day (Third Monday) / Mid-winter break

When is ..... March 2019
All Month - March Madness
5 - Mardi Gras (New Orleans)
10 - Start of Daylight Saving Time  (Second Sunday of March) 
14  – Palm Sunday 
17 – St. Patrick’s Day Observation
19 - Good Friday
19 - Patriots' Day (Maine, Massachusetts, Wisconsin) * May be a floating Monday holiday
20-21 - Purim 
31 - Cesar Chavez Day (Observed in varying degrees in 10 states, see here.)

When is .....  April 2019
1 - April Fool’s Day
15 – Tax Day USA 
21 - Easter
19-27 - Passover
22 – Earth Day

When is .....  May 2019
1 - May Day
1-2 - Yom HaShoah
5 - Cinco De Mayo
12 – Mother’s Day (second Monday)
27 – Memorial Day  (last Monday in May)
May mid to June end- school ends USA

When is .....  June 2019?
Throughout June - Graduation Season USA - Dads & Grads
14 - Flag Day
16 – Father’s Day (3rd Sunday) (What is dads and grads season?)

When is ..... July 2019
4 - Independence Day (USA):  Greetings | Dress Code |  Going to the Park
July mid- September - "Back to School Season" School starts USA  
24 - Pioneer Day (Utah only)  

When is .....  August 2019
10-11 - Tisha B'Av

When is .....  September 2019?
2 Labor Day (USA) (First Monday)
11 – Patriot Day (USA
29 - Oct 1- Rosh Hashanah

When is .....  October 2019
8-9 - Yom Kippur
4-11 - Sukkot

– Columbus Day (2nd Monday)
31 – Halloween    Small Talk Tips

When is .....  November 2019?
1st Sunday 2am, (3rd Nov) End of Daylight Saving Time 
1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday, US Election Day
8 – Veterans Day
28 – Thanksgiving (USA)  (4th Thursday) 
29 Black Friday (Always the day after Thanksgiving, or the 4th Friday) 
29 - Family Day (Always the day after Thanksgiving, or the 4th Friday)

When is .....  December 2019?
22-30 - Chanukah/Hanukkah  
24 – Christmas&nsbsp;Eve
25 – Christmas Day
26 – Jan 1 – Kwanzaa
29 – New Year’s Eve


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