Puerto Rico Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Puerto Rico or officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea
  • The Roman Catholic Church was brought by Spanish colonists and gradually became the dominant religion in Puerto Rico
  • The official languages of the executive branch of government of Puerto Rico are Spanish and English, with Spanish being the primary language
  • Public Holidays in Puerto Rico are regulated under the “Laws Regulating the Operations of Commercial Establishments”.
  • For private sector and general public, only eight national holiday observed as pay day off
  • For government offices and banks, they had additional 12 national holidays observed as pay day off holiday
  • All banks and government offices are closed on national holidays
  • For employees who require to work on a national holiday entitled to a premium wages for all hours they work
  • Government reserved the right to declare one time holiday, this holiday does not require employers to pay employees

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Día de Año Nuevo) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
6 JanFriThree King's Day / Epiphany (Día de Reyes) - 13th Day of Christmas. Celebrates the Three Wise Men's visit to see the newborn Christ by exchanging gifts.
16 JanMonMartin Luther King, Jr. Day (Natalicio de Martin Luther King, Jr.) - This is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Observed on 3rd Monday of January every year.
20 FebMonPresidents' Day, Washington's Birthday (Día de los Presidentes, Natalicio de Washington) - United States federal holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States
22 MarWedEmancipation Day (Día de la Abolición de Esclavitud) - Slavery was abolished in Puerto Rico in 1873 while the Island was still a colony of Spain
14 AprFriGood Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday. Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
16 AprSunEaster Sunday - Also known as Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
14 MaySunMother's Day - Celebration honoring the mother of the family
29 MayMonMemorial Day (Recordación de los Muertos de la Guerra) - Remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Observed every year on the last Monday of May
18 JunSunFather's Day - Is a celebration honoring fathers
4 JulTueIndependence Day (Día de la Independencia) - Is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago in 1776 on July 4 by the Continental Congress
25 JulTueConstitution Day (Constitución de Puerto Rico) - Formerly called Occupation Day, commemorating the anniversary of the landing of American troops at Guánica in 1898
4 SeptMonLabor Day (Día del Trabajo) - Commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement
9 OctMonColumbus Day (Día de la Raza Descubrimiento de América) - Second Monday in October. Celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492
11 NovSatVeterans Day (Día del Veterano Día del Armisticio) - Honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces
19 NovSunDiscovery of Puerto Rico (Día del Descubrimiento de Puerto Rico) - Celebrates Christopher Columbus (Don Cristóbal Colón) landed on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico near Aguada on his second voyage to the New World in 1493
20 NovMonDiscovery Day Holiday
23 NovThursThanksgiving Day (Día de Acción de Gracias) - 4th Thursday of November. Marks the beginning of the Christmas Holiday season. Giving thanks, prayer, feasting, spending time with family, football games, parades
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Navidad) - Christian celebrate the birth of Christ

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
6 JanSatThree King's Day / Epiphany
15 JanMonMartin Luther King, Jr. Day
19 FebMonPresidents' Day, Washington's Birthday
22 MarThursEmancipation Day
30 MarFriGood Friday
1 AprSunEaster Sunday
13 MaySunMother's Day
28 MayMonMemorial Day
17 JunSunFather's Day
4 JulWedIndependence Day
25 JulWedConstitution Day
3 SeptMonLabor Day
8 OctMonColumbus Day
11 NovSunVeterans Day
12 NovMonVeterans Day Holiday
19 NovMonDiscovery Day
22 NovThursThanksgiving Day
25 DecTueChristmas Day

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