As 2023 winds down, it's time for Louisiana workers to strategize their vacation days for the upcoming year. We all know that one savvy colleague who effortlessly extends their time off by aligning it with federal holidays. Good news: with a bit of planning, you can be that person in 2024!

The Remaining Holidays of 2023

Firstly, let's quickly look at the tail end of 2023. The only federal holiday left is:

  • Christmas Day: Monday, Dec. 25

Remember, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are not federal holidays.

Plan Ahead for 2024

2024 is packed with opportunities to turn federal holidays into extended weekends or longer vacations. Here’s your cheat sheet:

  1. New Year’s Day - Monday, Jan. 1 Kick off the year with a long weekend.
  2. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, Jan. 15 Another Monday holiday for a relaxing start to the year.
  3. Presidents’ Day - Monday, Feb. 19 A great chance for a winter break.
  4. Memorial Day - Monday, May 27 The unofficial start of summer is always a great time to relax.
  5. Juneteenth - Wednesday, June 19 A midweek break to honor an important day in history.
  6. Independence Day - Thursday, July 4 Consider taking Friday off for a four-day weekend.
  7. Labor Day - Monday, Sept. 2 Say goodbye to summer with a long weekend.
  8. Columbus Day - Monday, Oct. 14 Fall is in the air, and so is a potential long weekend.
  9. Veterans Day - Monday, Nov. 11 Honor our veterans and enjoy some time off.
  10. Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, Nov. 28 Extend your Thanksgiving break by taking Friday off.
  11. Christmas Day - Wednesday, Dec. 25 Celebrate the festive season with a well-deserved break.

A Few Reminders:

  • On federal holidays, expect closures of banks, post offices, schools, and most government offices.
  • No mail deliveries from the U.S. Postal Service on these days.

Don't Forget Louisiana's Unique Holidays! In addition to these federal holidays, Louisiana celebrates unique occasions like Mardi Gras. Keep an eye on these dates too for more vacation opportunities!

Plan and Request Early To maximize your time off, plan your vacation days around these holidays. Remember, if a holiday falls on a weekend, the adjacent weekday is treated as a federal holiday. Request your days off early to beat the rush and ensure you get the time you desire.

2024 is your year to master the art of vacation planning. With these federal holidays in mind, you're well on your way to enjoying longer breaks and making the most of your time off!

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