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Marshall Islands
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of the Marshall Islands is an independent country located in the Central Pacific Ocean and is part of the area known as Micronesia. The Island group consists of 1,156 individual islands that are part of 29 large coral atolls. The Marshall Islands has a total population of 53,000 people, with almost 60 percent living on Majuro Island where the capital city is located.

The Marshall Islands celebrate 10 public holidays each year. In recent years, many businesses have begun to take a half day off on New Year’s Eve as an additional holiday. However, this date is not in the official list of dates published by the Marshall Islands government each year.

Public holidays are regulated under the Public Holidays Act of 1988. This act sets the 10 official dates for public holidays. The Act also states that any holiday occurring on a Saturday will be formally acknowledged on the prior Friday and any holiday occurring on a Sunday will be recognised the following Monday. The Act also stipulates that any bill that is due for payment on a public holiday shall automatically be extended to the next working day.

The Public Holidays Act also provides the government of the Marshall Islands the authority to grant one-time holidays for special events. This authority may also extend to declaring a non-working day in the event of natural disaster.

Although the Act only states that government offices will be closed those days, in their official announcement of holiday dates each year, public holidays are called official non-working days. It is unknown at this time whether employees are entitled to receive pay for these days off. It is assumed that if the employee has to work on a public holiday they will be given a day off in lieu to compensate.

Cultural and Provincial Holidays

The Marshall Islands is a very large island group and each island, island group, or atoll has many specific holidays that are celebrated only in their area. These holidays are based on their cultural and religious beliefs. The government of the Marshall Islands recognises these special events but does not consider them to be public holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
1 MarWedNuclear Victims Remembrance Day / Bravo Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
1 MayMonConstitution Day / National Day
7 JulFriFishermen's Day
1 SepFriDri-jerbal Day / Labour Day
29 SepFriManit Day / Culture Day
17 NovFriPresident's Day
1 DecFriGospel Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day