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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Guam. Please scroll down to view.

The territory of Guam is an island located in the Western Pacific Ocean. Guam is part of the Mariana Islands, but is an independent territory of the United States. Guam is a small island and has a population of around 161,000 people. The indigenous population, which is a majority of the people, reference themselves as Chamorro’s.

Guam celebrates 12 public holidays each year. These 12 holidays include 8 that are celebrated in the mainland of the United States and 4 that are island specific to Guam. Guam does not officially recognize Columbus Day or President’s Day even though these are federal holidays in the U.S. They chose to exchange those dates with holidays that are more relevant to their island.

Guam labor laws do fall under the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Labor. However, the Guam Labor Code of 2000, Articles 1000, 1011, 1025 regulate the holidays on the island itself. Under the Guam Labor Code all employees are entitled to a day off from work for public holidays.

Employers have the option to provide the day off with or without pay as part of their benefits package. However, if the employee is required to work on a public holiday, they must be offered a day off in lieu of the holiday or paid at a premium rate for work performed on those days.

The government of Guam retains the authority to create one-time public holidays for special events. In addition, the U,S, government has the right to proclaim one-time public holidays and they would also apply to Guam.

Holidays that occur on a Sunday are moved to the following Monday for government workers in Guam. In most cases, people who work outside of government positions do not move their holidays forward unless their employer decides to observe this practice. It is not required by law for private employers to move holidays.

Cultural Holidays

The Chamorro people have a very extensive history and rich culture. There are many different holidays that are celebrated each year on the island of Guam that are specific to the Chamorro heritage. The government of the United States and of Guam acknowledges these holidays but does not recognize them as public holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
11 NovSatVeterans Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
8 DecFriSnata Marian Kamalen
25 DecMonChristmas Day