Holidays

The University observes 12 holidays each year:
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Celebration of Alaska Civil Rights
  • Friday of Spring Break  
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday
  • Christmas Day 
  • The day before or after New Year's, Independence Day, and Christmas are also observed as holidays

Independence Day:
Monday, July 5, 2021 and Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Labor Day:
Monday, September 6, 2021

Thanksgiving Day:
Thursday, November 25, 2021 and Friday, November 26, 2021

Christmas Day:
Thursday, December 23, 2021 and Friday, December 24, 2021

New Year’s Day:
Thursday, December 30, 2021 and Friday, December 31, 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Celebration of Alaska Civil Rights:
Monday, January 17, 2022

Spring Recess: 
Friday, March 11, 2022 

Memorial Day:
Monday, May 30, 2022

Independence Day:
Monday, July 4, 2022 and Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Labor Day:
Monday, September 5, 2022

Thanksgiving Day:
Thursday, November 24, 2022 and Friday, November 25, 2022

Christmas Day:
Friday, December 23, 2022 and Monday, December 26, 2022

New Year’s Day:
Friday, December 30, 2022 and Monday, January 2, 2023

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Celebration of Alaska Civil Rights:
Monday, January 16, 2023

Spring Recess: 
Friday, March 17, 2023

Memorial Day:
Monday, May 29, 2023

Independence Day:
Monday, July 3, 2023 and Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Labor Day:
Monday, September 4, 2023

Thanksgiving Day:
Thursday, November 23, 2023 and Friday, November 24, 2023

Christmas Day:
Monday, December 25, 2023 and Tuesday, December 26, 2023

New Year’s Day:
Monday, January 1, 2024 and Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Celebration of Alaska Civil Rights:
Monday, January 15, 2024

Spring Recess:
Friday, March 15, 2024

Memorial Day:
Monday, May 27, 2024

Winter Break

The University observes a hard closure during the three days from Christmas to New Year's. Employees will need to use Annual Leave, Faculty Time Off, Personal Holiday, and/or Leave Without Pay during those three days. Leave Without Pay must be approved by the employee's supervisor. 

If you have questions about UA Holidays, please contact ua-benefits@alaska.edu

UA Holidays Calendar

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After satisfying the six-month probation period, each benefit-eligible non-represented employee may select a Personal Holiday, which must be approved by the immediate supervisor. Personal Holiday cannot be used during the pay period in which July 1 falls. 

These holidays apply to all eligible employees, except those whose special duties are essential to the safety and security of the University as determined by the chancellors.

Union contracts may also govern holiday observance and pay.