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On this day – Establishment of Federal Holidays
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 28 of June, repeating indefinitely
On June 28, 1870, Congress established the first federal holidays. There were only four initially – New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. 🎉🇺🇸🦃🎄Today, there are eleven federal holidays – the most recently established is Juneteenth.
The “federal” holiday designation is quite literal – though many businesses follow the federal calendar for days off, these holidays are only legally applicable to federal employees and the District of Columbia.
Did you know? No federal holidays fall in March, April, or August. Inauguration Day is considered a federal holiday in years with a presidential inauguration.
Christmas Eve, Carl Larsson, c. 1904