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Holidays in the Philippines and the United States

Stepping into 2024, it’s important for software development teams, especially those managing remote operations, to be well-versed in the holiday schedules of key regions like the Philippines and the United States.

Keeping abreast of these holidays is not just a cultural nod but a strategic necessity for effective project management, streamlined payroll processing, and efficient team scheduling. To aid in this, we’ve put together an extensive list detailing the holidays in both the Philippines and the United States.

Philippines holidays fall into three categories:

  • Regular Holidays
  • Special Non-Working Days
  • Additional Special Non-Working Days

Each category is unique in its cultural relevance, impact on compensation, and frequency.

  • Regular Holidays often mark significant historical moments and generally mean a complete break from work with associated pay benefits. In contrast,
  • Special Non-Working Days are typically observed to honor particular traditions or events, featuring more relaxed pay rules and usually no pay for non-work.
  • Additional Special Non-Working Days are government-appointed dates, often added to lengthen existing holidays or to commemorate special occasions, and they share similar pay regulations to Special Non-Working Days but occur less consistently.

For teams in the software development sector, particularly those involved in outsourcing or managing remote teams, grasping these differences is key to optimizing operational efficiency.

Philippines National Holiday Schedule for 2024

Regular Holidays

  • January 1, New Year’s Day (Monday)
  • March 28, Maundy Thursday
  • March 29, Good Friday
  • April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan (Tuesday)
  • May 1, Labor Day (Wednesday)
  • June 12, Independence Day (Wednesday)
  • August 26, National Heroes Day (Monday)
  • November 30, Bonifacio Day (Saturday)
  • December 25, Christmas Day (Wednesday)
  • December 30, Rizal Day (Monday)

Special Non-Working Days

  • August 21, Ninoy Aquino Day (Wednesday)
  • November 1, All Saints’ Day (Friday)
  • December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Sunday)
  • December 31, Last Day of the Year (Tuesday)

Additional Special Non-Working Days

  • February 10, Chinese New Year (Saturday)
  • March 30, Black Saturday
  • November 2, All Souls’ Day (Saturday)
  • December 24, Christmas Eve (Tuesday)

Note: Observances for Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha will be announced separately, based on the recommendations from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and the Islamic or lunar calendar.

United States National Holiday Schedule for 2024

  • January 1, New Year’s Day (Monday)
  • January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday)
  • February 19, Washington’s Birthday (Monday)
  • May 27, Memorial Day (Monday)
  • June 19, Juneteenth National Independence Day (Wednesday)
  • July 4, Independence Day (Thursday)
  • September 2, Labor Day (Monday)
  • October 14, Columbus Day (Monday)
  • November 11, Veterans Day (Monday)
  • November 28, Thanksgiving Day (Thursday)
  • December 25, Christmas Day (Wednesday)