The official holidays of Alabama are a fusion of national festivities, historical remembrances, and distinctive state-specific events. These include well-known occasions like Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day, as well as holidays and day off honoring significant people and occasions in American and Southern history, like Confederate Memorial Day, George Washington/Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Alabama also honors holidays like Mrs. Rosa L. Parks Day and Jefferson Davis’s Birthday in a unique way. Certain holidays are solely honored in particular counties, such as Mardi Gras. The history, culture, and ideals of the state are revealed through these holidays.
2024 Alabama public state holidays
In Alabama, the official state holidays for the year 2024 are as follows:
- New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1, 2024
- Martin Luther King, Jr./Robert E. Lee Birthday: Monday, January 15, 2024
- Mardi Gras: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (observed only in Baldwin and Mobile counties)
- Mrs. Rosa L. Parks Day (Commemoration Only): Thursday, February 15, 2024
- George Washington/Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday: Monday, February 19, 2024
- Confederate Memorial Day: Monday, April 22, 2024
- National Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, 2024
- Jefferson Davis’s Birthday: Monday, June 3, 2024
- Fourth of July (observed): Thursday, July 4, 2024
- Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2024
- Columbus Day / Fraternal Day / American Indian Heritage Day: Monday, October 14, 2024
- Veterans Day: Monday, November 11, 2024
- Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28, 2024
- Christmas: Wednesday, December 25, 2024
State holidays in Alabama have particular consequences for public and private sector employees. On official state holidays, all state offices for public employees are required to close, with the exception of those where special permission has been granted to stay open in order to continue delivering necessary services. In addition, on some holidays, such Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day, county, municipal, and public school offices are mandated to close. Workers are entitled to compensatory leave if a state office is open on a holiday. They must attempt to use the leave within the quarter in which it is granted, otherwise they will be paid at their regular rate for any time that is not used.
Employees in the private sector, however, face a different scenario. State holidays in Alabama do not require private employers to close, nor do they require them to give workers who work on these days paid or unpaid time off or premium compensation. Private employers, however, are free to create their own procedures or policies regarding holiday pay or time off, and once these are set in place, they might have to abide by them.