Illinois is the sixth-largest populous state in the United States of America. It is located in the Midwest Region of the United States and is one of the eight states and Canadian provinces in the bi-national Great Lakes region of North America, and is also known as ‘Land of Lincoln’. This nickname signifies the state where Abraham Lincoln began his political career and spent most of his life here. The capital city is Springfield while Chicago is the most populated city in the state. It is one of the most well known of all American states. You can find the tallest building of the United States ‘Sears Tower’ in Chicago and the first McDonald’s restaurant just outside Illinois.
Public holidays in Illinois are also observed by all other states. These federal or state holidays are considered paid day-offs for employees and are marked with celebrations and festivities.
When are the public holidays in Illinois?
|Jan 01||New Year’s Day|
|Jan 21||Martin Luther King Jr. Day|
|Feb 18||Presidents’ Day|
|Mar 31||Cesar Chavez Day|
|May 12||Mother’s Day|
|May 27||Memorial Day|
|Jun 16||Father’s Day|
|Jul 04||Independence Day|
|Sep 02||Labor Day|
|Nov 11||Veterans Day|
|Nov 29||Day after Thanksgiving|
|Dec 25||Christmas Day|
Which are the public holidays in Illinois?
New Year’s Day
Celebrated every 1st day of January, New Year’s Day commemorates the first day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar as well as Julian calendar.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
This holiday is observed every 3rd Monday of January each year, in commemoration of the birthday of Martin Luther King. He is an advocate for the civil rights movement in the United States.
This birthday is celebrated in commemoration of George Washington’s birthday on February 22, 1732. He is the first president of the United States. The holiday is celebrated every third Monday of February.
Cesar Chavez Day
This is a new holiday declared by former president Barrack Obama which is celebrated every March 31. Cesar Chavez is a civil rights and labor movement activist. It is a state holiday in California and other states.
Mother’s day is celebrated every 2nd Sunday in May to remember all mothers.
A federal holiday in the United States, Memorial Day or Decoration Day remembers the member of the armed forces who died serving the country.
The holiday celebrated every 16th Sunday of June remembers fathers throughout the country.
The United States was declared independent on July 04, 1776, free from British rule. Independence Day holiday in the United States is held with parades, fairs, carnivals, reunions, fireworks, and baseball games.
A public holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labor Day celebrates laborers’ and workers’ rights and contributions to the state.
This holiday honor military veterans serving the United States Armed Forces every November 11.
A holiday celebrated every 4th Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day is a day to thank God for blessings. This holiday is held before Black Friday.
Day after Thanksgiving
This holiday is celebrated after the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. Almost all employees in the US are also given a paid day off during this day.
Christmas Day falls every December 25 of each year which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ.
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