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Holiday Observances in Massachusetts
(Statewide Legal Holidays are in Bold)

This list includes statewide legal holidays (in bold) and some major religious holidays. It does not include all religious holidays observed by every faith. State and federal law require schools to make reasonable accommodation to the religious needs of students and employees. For information on other religious holidays observed by members of religions represented in your school community, please see Interfaith Calendar website or contact local clergy. School vacations are determined by school districts and charter schools. Please contact the local school administration office for details. Contact information can be found at Massachusetts Schools and Districts.

 2014-2015
School Yr.
2015-2016
School Yr.
2016-2017
School Yr.
Eid al-Fitr**Tues., July 29Sat., July 18Thurs., July 7
Labor DayMon., Sept. 1 Mon., Sept. 7Mon., Sept. 5
Rosh Hashanah*Sept. 25-Sept. 26Sept. 14-Sept. 15Oct.3-Oct. 4
Yom Kippur*Sat., Oct. 4 Wed., Sept. 23Wed., Oct. 12
Sukkot*Thurs., Oct. 9Mon., Sept. 28Mon., Oct. 17
Columbus DayMon., Oct. 13Mon., Oct. 12Mon., Oct. 10
Ramadan** June 29-July 28June 18-July 17June 6-July 5
Veterans' DayTues., Nov. 11 Wed., Nov. 11Fri., Nov. 11
DiwaliThurs., Oct. 23Wed., Nov. 11Sun., Oct. 30
ThanksgivingThurs., Nov. 27Thurs., Nov. 26Thurs., Nov. 24
Eid al-Adha**Sun., Oct. 5Wed., Sept. 23Tues., Sept. 13
Chanukah*Wed., Dec. 17Mon., Dec. 7Sun., Dec. 25
Christmas DayThurs., Dec. 25Fri., Dec. 25Sun. Dec. 25
KwanzaaFri., Dec. 26Sat., Dec. 26Mon., Dec. 26
New Year's DayThurs., Jan. 1Fri., Jan. 1Sun., Jan. 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Mon., Jan. 19Mon., Jan. 18Mon., Jan. 16
Presidents' DayMon., Feb. 16Mon., Feb. 15Mon., Feb. 20
Chinese New YearThurs., Feb. 19 Mon., Feb. 8 Sat., Jan. 28
Ash WednesdayWed., Feb. 18Wed., Feb 10Wed., Mar. 1
Vernal EquinoxFri., Mar. 20Sun., Mar. 20Mon., Mar. 20
Evacuation Day***Tues., Mar. 17Thurs., Mar. 17Fri., Mar. 17
Palm SundaySun. Mar. 29Sun., Mar. 20Sun., April 9
Passover *Sat. April 4Sat., April 23Mon., April 10
Good FridayFri., April 3Fri., Mar. 25Fri., April 14
EasterSun., April 5Sun., Mar. 27Sun., April 16
Orthodox Good FridayFri., April 10Fri., April 29Fri., April 14
Orthodox EasterSun., April 12Sun., May 1Sun., April 16
Patriots' DayMon., April 20 Mon., April 18Mon., April 17
Memorial DayMon., May 25Mon., May 30Mon., May 29
Shavuot*Sun., May 24Sun., June 12Tues., May 30
Bunker Hill Day***Wed., June 17Fri., June 17Sat., June 17
Independence DaySat., July 4 Mon., July 4Tues., July 4




Last Updated: February 16, 2016
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