Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for American Samoa. Please scroll down to view.
American Samoa is a territory of the United States. Located in the South Pacific, this territory consists of seven total islands, five of which are inhabited. American Samoa is part of the Samoan Island Chain and should not be confused with the independent country of Samoa.
American Samoa celebrates 12 national holidays and two half day holidays each year. Most of the holidays that are celebrated within the territory coincide with those celebrated in the United States. The additional holidays that are celebrated in this territory are specific to American Samoa.
American Samoa labor laws do not specify that employers must pay their employees for public holidays. However, just like in the United States mainland, many employer opt to give employees a paid day off for national holidays. Employers who provide employees with a paid day off as part of their benefits package may substitute paid days off if the employee needs to be present at work during a public holiday.
Under American labor laws, employees who do work on the holiday, if their employer does not provide a day off, are entitled to receive premium pay for each hour that they work. It should be noted that labor laws can be significantly different in American Samoa compared to the mainland and that some employers may be exempt from these laws.
All holidays are regulated by the American government under the Department of the Interior, Department of Labor and Congress. Island government officials also hold the authority to deem one-time national holidays for special events. All holidays that occur on the weekend are celebrated on the following Monday.
The Office of the Governor of American Samoa will release an official list at the end of each year for official holiday dates for the following year.
Cultural, Linguistic, and Provincial Holidays
American Samoa has a rich cultural heritage that is a majority Polynesian. There are many Polynesian holidays and customs that are celebrated throughout the islands that are local holidays. These holidays are not recognized by the American Samoa or American government as official public holidays. Employers are not required to provide days off to accommodate these dates.
In addition to cultural holidays, there are several holidays that may be specific to a certain language group or island. These holidays are acknowledged, but not recognized by the government.
Public Holidays 2017
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year's Day Holiday|
|16 Jan||Mon||Martin Luther King Jr Day|
|20 Feb||Mon||President's Day|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|17 Apr||Mon||American Samoa Flag Day|
|29 May||Mon||Memorial Day|
|4 Jul||Tue||Independence Day|
|4 Sep||Mon||Labor Day|
|9 Oct||Mon||Columbus Day|
|10 Nov||Fri||Veterans Day Holiday|
|11 Nov||Sat||Veterans Day|
|23 Nov||Thu||Thanksgiving Day|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
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