Emory University provides 11 holidays per year plus two floating holidays to eligible employees.

Floating Holidays

Two floating holidays are available at the beginning of each calendar year and must be taken in the calendar year in which they are given. They do not roll over, so if you don't use them, they are lost.

For new hires, if you are hired on or after July 1, you will only receive one floating holiday in your first year.

Holiday Schedule

The chart below shows Emory's observed holidays for the next several years.

Emory University Holiday Schedule
New Year's DayMonday,
January 3
January 2
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday,
January 17

Monday, January 16

Memorial DayMonday,
May 30

Monday, May 29

JuneteenthMonday, June 20Monday, June 19
Independence DayMonday,
July 4
July 4
Labor DayMonday,
September 5
September 4

November 24

November 25

November 23

November 24


December 23

December 26

December 22

December 25

Winter Recess

Tuesday, December 27

Wednesday, December 28

Thursday, December 29

Tuesday, December 26

Wednesday, December 27

Thursday, December 28

New Year's EveFriday,
December 30
Friday, December 29

Due to operational needs, some employees must work on university holidays.

Holidays Policy

For more information about Emory holidays, view the Holidays Policy.

View Holidays Policy

Religious Observances

Consideration must also be given to employees wishing to take leave for religious observances not recognized as university holidays. This time off can be taken as vacation leave or as floating holidays, and should not be denied to employees unless it creates undue hardship within a department.

Managers are also asked to be mindful of key religious observances when scheduling events, meetings, etc. The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life creates an annual calendar which contains contains religious holiday information.