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Revised 02-16

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WSU Holidays

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A holiday is a day when all University offices and departments on a WSU campus are closed except for certain essential service units.

The University provides ten holidays each fiscal year for classified staff, annual faculty, and annual administrative and professional employees.


State law designates the following as legal holidays. (RCW 1.16.050)

New Year's DayJanuary 1
Independence DayJuly 4
Veterans' DayNovember 11
ChristmasDecember 25
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s BirthdayThird Monday in January
Presidents' DayThird Monday in February
Labor DayFirst Monday in September
Memorial DayLast Monday in May
ThanksgivingFourth Thursday in November
Native American Heritage DayFourth Friday in November

Alternate Days

Sometimes a holiday is not observed on the statutory date.

  • Any holiday that falls on a Sunday is observed the following Monday.
  • Any holiday that falls on a Saturday is observed the preceding Friday.
  • WSU may designate an alternate date for a given holiday. Such days are called in-lieu days.


Refer to the WSU Holiday Schedule for current WSU holiday schedules for specified University locations.


A break in the academic calendar, when classes are not taught is not considered a holiday unless the break coincides with a University holiday designated on the 2018-2023 WSU Holiday Schedule.

  • WSU expects employees with ongoing responsibilities to perform those duties during academic breaks. This includes Resident Instructional Staff.
  • Exceptions to these rules are specified on the Personnel Action form in Remarks, space 55 (see BPPM 60.25).