There are twelve observed New York State holidays for state employees. Under the Attendance Rules, a holiday that falls on a Sunday is observed on the following Monday. Lincoln's Birthday and Election Day are deemed floating holidays and can optionally be observed on a later date. A holiday is observed by employees scheduled to work that day; it is not available as a regular or floating holiday for other employees.
|New York State holiday name||2018||2019||2020|
|New Year's Day||Monday, January 1||Tuesday, January 1||Wednesday, January 1|
|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||Monday, January 15||Monday, January 21||Monday, January 20|
|Lincoln's Birthday||Monday, February 12 (float)||Tuesday, February 12 (float)||Wednesday, February 12 (float)|
|Washington's Birthday (Observed)||Monday, February 19||Monday, February 18||Monday, February 17|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 28||Monday, May 27||Monday, May 25|
|Independence Day||Wednesday, July 4||Thursday, July 4||Saturday, July 4|
|Labor Day||Monday, September 3||Monday, September 2||Monday, September 7|
|Columbus Day||Monday, October 8||Monday, October 14||Monday, October 12|
|Election Day||Tuesday, November 6 (float)||Tuesday, November 5 (float)||Tuesday, November 3 (float)|
|Veterans' Day||Monday, November 12 (observed)||Monday, November 11||Wednesday, November 11|
|Thanksgiving Day||Thursday, November 22||Thursday, November 28||Thursday, November 26|
|Christmas Day||Tuesday, December 25||Wednesday, December 25||Friday, December 25|
In addition to the official New York state holidays, New York City schools also receive the following holidays:
The reasoning behind the additional holidays is said to be to recognize the cultural diversity of the city where "... homes where over 185 languages are spoken and more than 42 percent of the students come from homes where English is not the primary language."