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When is Festivus 2017? This year Festivus is celebrated on a Saturday, December 23, 2017. In 2018, Festivus is on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

Festivus is a made up secular holiday popularized and celebrated by the fans of the TV series, Seinfeld.

Celebrated on December 23, the holiday was created by writer DanO’Keefe who introduced it in a Seinfeld episode called The Strike.

Countdown to Festivus date is below, plus holiday history, celebration info, facts and holiday details.

When is Festivus 2017? This year Festivus is on Saturday, December 23, 2017.


In the episode, first aired in December 1997, the holiday is conceived by the father of George Costanza one of the show’s central characters. In the episode, Frank Costanza reveals that he came up with Festivus as a response to the commercialization of Christmas .

Below you will find all the details for Festivus 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is Festivus a federal holiday?

No, Festivus is not a federal holiday. There are ten annual US federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. The following federal holidays are established by law:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington’s Birthday (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Is Festivus a national holiday?

Festivus 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 Festivus a paid holiday?

No, Festivus is not a paid holiday. 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 Festivus?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Festivus. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be open for the holiday, which means businesses and homes will receive mail. This also counts USPS and Fedex packages. See holiday schedule on USPS and Fedex. The only time mail is not being delivered is on federal holidays, which are listed above.

Are banks open on Festivus?

Festivus is a Fun holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and most banks will be open. While most banks are open, 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 open. 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.

Are stores open on Festivus?

On Festivus, most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no 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 may be closed on 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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Festivus 2017

Holiday: Festivus
Date: December 23, 2017
Weekday: Saturday
Holiday Type: Fun
Festivus 2018: Sunday, December 23, 2018
Festivus 2019: Monday, December 23, 2019
Festivus 2020: Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Fun Holiday Fact

Did you know …that an unadorned aluminum pole is generally considered as the symbol of Festivus?Festivus

How To Celebrate Festivus

Host a Festivus party in accordance with the traditions set by the episode.

According to Festivus tradition, the Festivus meal is accompanied with the airing of grievances, where every guest tells every other guest how they have disappointed them over the year. So tell all your guests how disappointed you are in them.

Follow the meal with feats of strength, where the head of the household wrestles with other guests, and the feats end only when the head is pinned to the ground.

Greet people by saying β€œHappy Festivus” or β€œa Festivus for the rest of us”.

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