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New Year’s Day 2017

July 25, 2017

What day is New Year’s Day on? New Year’s Day 2017 is celebrated on a Sunday in January. In 2016, it was on a Friday and New Year’s Day in 2018 is on Monday, 1-Jan-18.

Countdown to New Year’s Day 2017 date is below, plus holiday history, facts, bank hours, mail delivery details and upcoming federal and public holidays.

New Year’s Day falls on January 1 and marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. It marks the end of New Year’s Eve celebrations in the United States and gives many Americans a chance to remember the previous year.

When is New Year’s Day 2017? This year New Year’s Day is on Sunday, 1-Jan-17.

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New Year’s Day is the first day of the Gregorian calendar, which is widely used in many countries such as the USA.

Below you will find all the details for New Year’s Day 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is New Year’s Day a federal holiday?

Yes, New Year’s Day is a federal holiday. All federal holidays are also public holidays in United States. If a federal holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is a holiday; if a holiday falls on a Sunday the following Monday is a holiday. You can view all federal holidays.

State holidays are holidays for the government and public sector in that state and almost all, private businesses will give employees the day off.

Is New Year’s Day a national holiday?

Public life is completely closed down. New Year’s Day is not a national holiday. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

Is New Year’s Day a paid holiday?

The answer depends on your employer. Both federal and state law require most employers, but not all, to pay overtime. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise).


Does the mail run on New Year’s Day?

Many people ask ‘Is there mail delivery on New Year’s Day’? The answer is no, there will be no mail delivery on New Year’s Day. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be closed for the holiday, which means that no businesses or homes will receive mail. This also counts out USPS and Fedex packages. According to USPS and Fedex, because it is a federal holiday, all federal offices are closed.

Additional holidays on which mail is not delivered are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Christmas Day

Are banks open on New Year’s Day?

New Year’s Day is a federal holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and many banks are closed. While most banks are closed, some banks can operate on their own schedules, so it may be best to check with your local branches. U.S. stock and bond markets like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be closed on New Year’s Day. Grocery stores and malls are reportedly open.

If your bank is closed, it is still possible to conduct general banking transactions via ATM, online banking or your mobile phone. Apps and websites are running though not all normal functions may be accessed for the holiday.

Banks that are closed for the holiday include:

  • Bank of America
  • Bank of the West
  • Capital One Bank
  • Chase
  • Citibank
  • Comerica Bank
  • Compass Bank
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • HSBC
  • Huntington National Bank
  • KeyBank
  • PNC Bank
  • Regions
  • RBS Citizens
  • Santander Bank
  • SunTrust Bank
  • US Bank

Are stores open on New Year’s Day?

On New Year’s Day, many stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no national holidays on which all businesses are closed by law. However, some stores may have shortened or extended holiday hours for the day. Stores may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on New Year’s Day in order to give their employees the day off. For restaurants, stores and other establishments specific to your area, you will have to check with the individual business.

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New Year’s Day 2017

Holiday: New Year’s Day
Date: 1-Jan-17
Weekday: Sunday
Holiday Type: Federal Holiday
New Year’s Day 2018: Monday, 1-Jan-18
New Year’s Day 2019: Tuesday, 1-Jan-19
New Year’s Day 2020: Wednesday, 1-Jan-20

History & Origin

The Gregorian calendar is widely used in many countries such as the United States. This was introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. The Julian calendar that had been in use until then was slightly inaccurate, causing the vernal equinox to move backwards in the calendar year. The Gregorian calendar was not accepted everywhere and some churches, particularly with origins in Eastern Europe, still use other calendars. According to the Gregorian calendar, the first day of the year is January 1.

How To Celebrate New Year’s Day

The start of New Year’s Day, at midnight, is heralded by fireworks, parties and special events, which are often televised. Very few people have to work on the day itself. For many it is a day of recovery from the New Year’s Eve celebrations the previous night. In some towns and cities, parades are held and special football games are played. The birth of the first baby in the New Year is often celebrated with gifts to his or her parents and appearances in local newspapers and on local news shows. Many people make New Year’s resolutions. These are usually promises to themselves that they will improve something in their own lives. Common New Year’s resolutions are to stop smoking or drinking alcohol, to lose weight, exercise more or to live a healthier lifestyle.

How To Say New Year’s Day in:

Spanish: Día de Año Nuevo
Norwegian: Første nyttårsdag
German: Neujahrstag

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