legal holiday


Definition of legal holiday

: a holiday established by legal authority and marked by restrictions on work and transaction of official business

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Recent Examples on the Web In 1938, Congress passed a law to mark Nov. 11 as a legal holiday. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Veterans Day 2019: Why is the holiday always Nov. 11? And what will be closed?," 1 Nov. 2019 Dallas prohibits major construction near residential neighborhoods from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Saturdays and legal holidays. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Construction industry group, residents support noise-curbing proposal," 21 Sep. 2019 In 1894, Congress passed – and President Grover Cleveland signed – an act making the first Monday in September each year a legal holiday dedicated the achievements of American workers. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Labor Day 2019: A closeup look at the U.S. work force as holiday arrives," 2 Sep. 2019 In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed an act making the first Monday in September each year a legal holiday dedicated to the achievements of American workers. Editors, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Dorian, college football, Labor Day: 5 things you need to know Monday," 2 Sep. 2019 By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1884, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. Leada Gore |, al, "Labor Day 2019: Holiday history; What’s celebrated on Labor Day?," 2 Sep. 2019 The state of Florida also considers Confederate Memorial Day a legal holiday. Reis Thebaul, oregonlive, "Mayor of Fla. city announces ‘Confederate Memorial Day,’ prompting a call for his firing," 6 Apr. 2019 Alabama is the last state to have a legal holiday set aside solely to commemorate the birth of Davis. Leada Gore |,, "Jefferson Davis birthday is state holiday in Alabama: What’s open, what’s closed today," 3 June 2019 Emancipation Day is a legal holiday in D.C. with city workers off the job. Leada Gore,, "Why is Tax Day 2018 on April 17 this year? How to file an extension," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of legal holiday

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Legal holiday.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of legal holiday

US : a public holiday recognized by law

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