As a nation, the United States celebrates a number of official holidays. The following holidays are “Federal Holidays” on which many places of business — such as banks and stores — are closed, including university offices.
NOTE: Valparaiso University remains open and classes meet on Labor Day.
4th Thursday in November
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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Last Monday in May
- July 4: Independence Day
- September 5: Labor Day
- November 11: Veteran’s Day
- 4th Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day
- December 25: Christmas Day
- January 1: New Year’s Day
- January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- March/April: Easter (click for more information)
- Last Monday in May: Memorial Day
Daylight Savings Time
Most places in the United States observe “Daylight Savings Time”. In the spring, all clocks are moved forward one hour, and in the fall they are moved back again. The historical purpose of this practice was to give more daylight time to agriculture workers in the summer. Nowadays, Americans find that they just enjoy more daylight hours for summer recreational activities!
Each year Daylight Saving Time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.