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A complete list of California state holidays in 2022 for small business owners

Whether you’re a small business owner or self-employed, it's not uncommon to forget when each state holiday occurs. Therefore, our article informs you of the complete list of California State holidays

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Being a small business owner or self-employed individual in the state of California is hard work. From managing employees, overseeing daily administration tasks, interacting with customers, and organizing finances –it's hard to imagine having a break. In fact, it’s completely understandable if you can’t remember the list of California state holidays in 2022. 

However, knowing when public holidays occur is necessary if you have employees working. Not only to provide you and your team with a day off but also to organize your essential tasks accordingly. 

So, keep reading if you want to learn more about all California holidays happening in 2022. 

List of federal holidays for 2022:

While we don’t doubt that almost everyone knows when popular holidays such as July 4th and Christmas are, other paid holidays, also known as office holidays, may be ambiguous. Luckily, we've put together a comprehensive list of all California state employee holidays in 2022 below for your ease of reference. Let’s take a closer look. 

  1. Saturday, January 1, New Year's Day 

To start us off on our list of state holidays is, of course, New Year’s Day. If you remember back to the beginning of 2022, you will note that New Year's Day occurred on a Saturday. When this happens, employees receive what is known as a holiday credit. This means that employees will have an added paid holiday leave to their time off to use in the future. On the other hand, employees get the following Monday off if any state holidays fall on a Sunday.   

  1. Monday, January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Next on our list of paid holidays is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This day celebrates the life and work of civil rights leader Dr. King. It is meant to encourage American citizens about the importance of social change and racial equality throughout the country. 

  1. Monday, February 21, Presidents' Day

Further, President's Day, also known as Washington's birthday, is a federal holiday celebrated nationwide. This day is meant to celebrate all individuals who have served as President of the United States. 

  1. Thursday, March 31, Cesar Chavez Day

Next on our list of holidays, we have Cesar Chavez Day, which only recently became a California state holiday in 2014 under President Barack Obama's directive. This holiday again is meant to celebrate the life and contributions of Cesar Chavez to the civil rights movement. 

  1. Monday, May 30, Memorial Day

Another holiday is Memorial Day. This gov office holiday is meant to commemorate and mourn the life and death of all U.S. military who have passed in their line of service.  

  1. Monday, July 4, Independence Day

Moreover, July 4th Independence Day is a day that all proud Americans celebrate. As you may already know, this federal holiday commemorates the Declaration of Independence of the United States, which was signed on July 4, 1776.

  1. Monday, September 5, Labor Day

Next on our list of holidays in California and across the United States is Labor Day. While the date of Labor Day changes every year, it is always celebrated on the first Monday of September. It is meant to honor the labor movement. It is a symbolic day that signifies the end of summer holidays before autumn begins to settle in. 

  1. Friday, November 11, Veterans Day

Further, Veterans Day always occurs on November 11th. Originally it was a day to honor U.S. military veterans who fought in World War I. However, today, it serves as a recognition to all U.S. military veterans who have fought for the country. 

  1. Monday, October Columbus Day 

While Columbus Day is recognized as a Federal holiday in the United States, it is also controversial for many Indigenous communities as it celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to America and the beginning of colonization. 

  1. Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day

Moreover, Thanksgiving Day is a federal, office, and bank holiday every year on the fourth Thursday in November. The day is meant to be celebrated with family and friends and is intended to thank life's blessings. 

  1. Friday, November 25, Day After Thanksgiving

Colloquially known as Black Friday, this California state holiday occurs after Thanksgiving Day. This day celebrates shopping, marks the beginning of the Christmas season, and boosts economic sales for merchants during the holidays. However, keep in mind that not all employees get this day off. 

  1. Monday, December 26, Christmas Day 

The final federal holiday of the year is Christmas Day. While not all Americans celebrate Christmas, all employees and businesses are still afforded the day to spend time with friends and family while being paid.

Frequently asked questions about state holidays in California 

And there you have it –the complete list of holidays in the state of California. You may, however, still have some further questions regarding paid time off as a federal employee. Below, we’ve answered some FAQs to provide you with more information. 

Will Juneteenth be a paid holiday in 2022 in California?

As of right now, Juneteenth is not a paid holiday in the state of California, although as of last year, it became recognized as a federal holiday. It is only a paid holiday in Massachusetts, Texas, Washington State, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Oregon, New Jersey, Illinois, and New York. However, this may be subject to change at a later date. 

How many paid holidays are there in California? 

There are currently 11 paid holidays in California. These include: 

  • New Year’s Day 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • Presidents’ Day 
  • Cesar Chavez Day 
  • Memorial Day 
  • Columbus Day 
  • Independence Day 
  • Labor Day 
  • Veterans Day 
  • Thanksgiving Day 
  • Christmas Day 

Further, while the following holidays are not recognized as state holidays, depending on how you feel as an employer, you may wish to give the following days off to employees as a special office holiday. However, keep in mind that there is no law stating that you must do so. These holidays include: 

  • Good Friday 
  • Father’s Day 
  • Mother’s Day 
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