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Federal Holidays

National Archives research facilities are closed on the Federal holidays listed below.

The Exhibit Hall at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is open every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Date Holiday
Monday, January 2* New Year’s Day
Monday, January 16 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 20** Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 29 Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 4 Labor Day
Monday, October 9 Columbus Day
Friday, November 10*** Veterans Day
Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 25 Christmas Day

* January 1, 2017 (the legal public holiday for New Year's Day), falls on a Sunday. Our offices and research facilities will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017, in observance of the New Year's Day holiday.

NOTE: The President's Inauguration will be celebrated on Friday, January 20, 2017. The following National Archives facilities in the Washington, DC, area will be closed that day. The research facility at the National Archives Building, Washington, DC, the National Archives at College Park, and the Washington National Records Center. Note: The Exhibit Hall at the National Archives in Washington will be open on Inauguration Day.

** This holiday is designated as "Washington's Birthday." Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is Federal policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

*** November 11, 2017 (the legal public holiday for Veterans Day), falls on a Saturday. Our offices and research facilities will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

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