Here is a list of federal holidays in 2011, as published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
- Monday, Jan. 17 - Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a federal holiday recognizing the slain civil rights leader
- Monday, Feb. 21 - George Washington's birthday, a federal holiday celebrating the first U.S. president
- Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day, a federal holiday commemorating soldiers who died serving their country
- Monday, July 4 - Independence Day, a federal holiday celebrating the nation's independent statehood
- Monday, Sept. 5 - Labor Day, a federal holiday celebrating the strength of labor organizations in the United States
- Monday, Oct. 10 - Columbus Day, a federal holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas
- Friday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day, a federal holiday honoring the nation's military veterans
- Thursday, Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving Day
- Monday, December 26 - Christmas*
* Dec. 25, 2011, is the legal public holiday for Christmas Day, but because it falls on a Sunday, Monday, Dec. 26, will be treated as a federal holiday.
Federal holidays are established by law and mean that federal offices will be closed on those days and there will be no mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service. When a federal holiday falls on a non-workday - Saturday or Sunday - the federal holiday usually is observed on Friday or Monday.