1 year ago
July 4th 2011 holiday is a federal holiday that most people get off work. This year July 4th is on a Monday so count on celebrations happening on Sunday and also getting Monday off of work. Basically, a federal holiday is a publicly recognized holiday where all non-essential federal ad government offices are closed. Anyone who is a federal employee is paid for that day as usual even though they get the day off. People who are required to work on that day sometimes get double the pay or something, since they are working on a holiday and should technically get more than their usual wages. Some federal holidays fall on the same day every year so there is no confusion about getting the day off. For example, the fourth Thursday of November is always Thanksgiving and the majority of Americans get the day off work or get paid extra if the have to go. However, for federal holidays like President's Day, Independence Day, and Christmas Day that have a specific date and therefore can fall on different days of the week, the federal holiday is observed the Monday afterward if it falls on a weekend. For example, when the 4th of July is on a Sunday, you will probably get Monday off work. If it is on a Saturday, you might get Friday off. It all depends but usually it is not too difficult to figure out since everyone will be talking about getting days off once it is getting closer!
Mia (616 posts)
1 year ago
Yes, July 4th 2011 holiday is categorized as a federal holiday that the majority of Americans get off of work. It can get confusing because some years, the 4th of July falls on a strange day of the week instead a weekend or a Monday or something, when federal holidays usually are. However, rest assured that you will probably not have to go to work! One funny fact about the U.S is that there are technically no national holidays, since Congress only has authority to create holidays for federally owned institutions. Since the wording of the provision for naming federal holidays in the U.S Code states that they can only create federal holidays, communities can also create state holidays, city holidays and so on. Even if you work in the private sector, you will probably get the day off work. Of course, there are certain kinds of jobs that are actually even more necessary on the 4th of July, like firemen, police officers, perhaps food vendors and so on. However, the majority of Americans automatically get he day off, and if you happen to work in the federal sector and are in the small majority that has to work, you get extra pay for working on a federal holiday.
Gremlin (590 posts)