What is the difference between an Observed Holiday and an Observance?

An Observed Holiday is when a public federal holiday is celebrated on a date that is not the actual event's anniversary date.

For example, if July 4th (Independence Day) falls on a Saturday, it is "observed" on the Friday before as a holiday (and is usually a day off work). When a federal holiday falls on a weekend, the holiday is usually observed the Friday before or the Monday after.  Below is a list of the federal holidays:

  • New Years Day - this holiday is celebrated on the anniversary date, January 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday - this is observed on the third Monday of January
  • Presidents Day - this is observed on the third Monday of each February 
  • Memorial Day - this is observed on the last Monday of May
  • Independence Day - this holiday is celebrated on the anniversary date, July 4
  • Labor Day - this is observed on the first Monday of each September 
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day - this holiday is celebrated on the second Monday of each October 
  • Veterans Day -  this holiday is celebrated on the anniversary date, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day - this holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of each November
  • Christmas Day - this holiday is celebrated on the anniversary date, December 25

Observances, on the other hand, are remembrance, awareness and celebration days or events that are not normally days off work, like Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Find out more about PredictHQ and our real-world event data

PredictHQ is a demand intelligence solution to help businesses reliability correlate event data to demand. We track event data in 16 event categories and rank events using a proprietary ranking system. Here’s how ranking works

While holidays impact demand using PredictHQ's other event categories allow you to look at the impact of other types of events on demand. For example business events like conferences and expos also drive a lot of demand for many business, while for others concerts, festivals and performing arts have a bigger impact. PredictHQ provides detailed expansive coverage in these and many other categories which when combined with holidays give you a detailed picture of how events drive demand for your business.


 

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