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Day After Christmas Day in the United States

The Day after Christmas Day occurs during the Christmas vacation period for most schools in the United States and is a public holiday in some states on December 26.

Is Day After Christmas Day a Public Holiday?

Day After Christmas Day is a public holiday in 6 states, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Christmas tree section on white.

The Christmas holiday extends to December 26 for some Americans.

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Celebrate the Day

December 26 is a day off for most workers where it's a state holiday. In places where it's not a public holiday, most families use up a vacation day, as most schools are closed. US presidents have given federal government workers either a full or half day off in some years.

Kwanzaa is another popular American observance post-Christmas.

What's Open or Closed?

The Day after Christmas is a public holiday in some states, including Kansas, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Government offices, educational institutions and many businesses are usually closed in these states.

About the Day after Christmas Day

December 26 follows from Christmas Day, which is when most Christians in the U.S. celebrate the birth of Jesus, whom they believe is the son of God. Christmas is often combined with customs from pre-Christian winter celebrations. The Bible does not give a precise date for the birth of Jesus. It is also unclear when December 25 became associated with the birth of Jesus, although it may have been around two hundred years after his birth.

Day After Christmas Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010SunDec 26Day After Christmas DayState holidayTexas
2011MonDec 26Day After Christmas DayState holidayTexas
2012WedDec 26Day After Christmas DayState holidayTexas
2013ThuDec 26Day After Christmas DayState holidayKS, NC, NH, SC, TX
2014FriDec 26Day After Christmas DayState holidayKS, KY, NC, NH, SC, TX, VA
2015SatDec 26Day After Christmas DayObservance 
2015SatDec 26Day After Christmas DayState holidayKS, KY, NC, NH, SC, TX
2016MonDec 26Day After Christmas DayState holidayKS, KY, NC, NH, SC, TX
2017TueDec 26Day After Christmas DayState holidayKS, KY, NC, NH, SC, TX
2018WedDec 26Day After Christmas DayState holidayKS, KY, NC, NH, SC, TX
2019ThuDec 26Day After Christmas DayState holidayKS, KY, NC, NH, SC, TX
2020SatDec 26Day After Christmas DayState holidayKS, KY, NC, NH, SC, TX

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