Holiday related laws


1. Employees

Does my employer have to give me time off or pay me more for holidays?

  • If you are not a government employee, then no. See laws for Employees.
  • If you are a non-essential federal government employee, then you get “federal holidays” off of work, and still get paid for it. State and local government employees also usually get these paid holidays, and often with additional holidays such as Cesar Chavez Day.15 USC 6103

2. Official Holidays

What are the federal holidays?

New Year’s Day, January 1.

Rose Parade

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the third Monday in January.

Washington’s Birthday, the third Monday in February.

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.

Independence Day, July 4.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September.

Columbus Day, the second Monday in October.

Veterans Day, November 11.

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November.

Christmas Day, December 25

What are the California state holidays?

The official holidays in California are similar to the federal ones, except without Columbus Day, and adding Cesar Chavez Day and the day after Thanksgiving, and also renaming Washington’s Birthday to “President’s Day.”

Here is the full list:2Government Code Section 19853

January 1 (New Year’s Day)

Third Monday in January (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Third Monday in February (President’s Day)

March 31 (Cesar Chavez Day)

Last Monday in May (Memorial Day)

July 4 (Independence Day)

First Monday in September (Labor Day)

November 11 (Veteran’s Day)

Thanksgiving Day

Day after Thanksgiving

December 25 (Christmas)

3. Fireworks

Are fireworks allowed in the city of L.A.?City celebrating 4th of July with fireworks

Nope. Both the purchase and use of ANY type of fireworks or firecracker within the city of L.A. is illegal (unless you have a permit). You could face up to a fine of $1,000 or 6 months in jail for setting off even small fireworks.3LAMC 57.5608.1.2

The ban applies throughout the year.

4. Halloween

No Silly String on Halloween

Few people know this one, but you can be fined $1,000 for using silly string in public in Hollywood from Oct 31 12am through noon on Nov 1.4LAMC 56.02 In the rest of LA it’s not specifically banned, but using silly string in certain ways might constitute vandalism or other illegal activity, which is not OK.

5. Parking on Holidays

Many Parking Laws Not Enforced on Certain Holidays 

In the city of LA, most parking laws (see which ones below) are NOT enforced on federal holidays.5LADOT on “Can I Park There?” In addition to these days themselves, if any of them fall on a Saturday it will be observed by the city on a Friday, meaning parking rules would not be enforced on the Friday as well. If it falls on a Sunday it will be observed by the city on a Monday.

Here are the parking restrictions NOT enforced on holidays (unless specifically posted):

  • Time limits
  • Parking meters
  • No parking/no stopping on specified days and times (rush hour rules)
  • Parking district permit required
  • Street sweeping (also not enforced the day after Thanksgiving and Cesar Chavez Day)

See more details for the city of LA and nearby cities at our Parking page.

References   [ + ]