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 Jackson also has filed bills that would make June 19th – Juneteenth – a state legal holiday and make election days state holidays. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, "South Carolina Legislature convenes Tuesday," 12 Jan. 2021 States soon started declaring Nov. 11 a legal holiday. Los Angeles Times, "Photos: Somber and silent | Veterans Day in the COVID era," 11 Nov. 2020 Families took advantage of the rare non-religious legal holiday to vote and then shop. Michele Chabin And Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Exit polls: Benjamin Netanyahu projected to win most votes in Israel's election," 2 Mar. 2020 But the prison released her before the weekend, following a standard federal prison policy for all inmates whose release date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Felicity Huffman completes prison sentence, released several days early," 5 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of legal holiday

1805, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of legal holiday

US : a public holiday recognized by law

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