December 28, 2021
Here at Paradigm, we are always looking for ways to incorporate more diverse and inclusive practices into our company culture. As a fully remote company, it can be easy to allow our work to seep into our daily lives, which is all the more reason to intentionally and purposely incorporate inclusive holidays into our annual observation calendar.
So if you haven’t yet, take the time to decide which of the following days your company will observe. And if you don’t have a Floating Holiday policy, now would be a great time to consider implementing one.
Becoming an inclusive company does not mean absently adding more and more days off to the company calendar (although it’s not the worst idea…). As we seek to do better, we want to encourage ourselves and others to not only create space for the experiences and values of other cultures different from our own and what our government has chosen to acknowledge, but also to look to these opportunities to learn more about one another, and to be accepting of each of these beautiful traditions.
Federally Recognized US Holidays
Friday, December 31, 2021: New Years Eve
Saturday, January 1, 2022: New Year’s Day
Monday, January 17: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. | Civil Rights Day (New Hampshire & Arizona)
Monday, February 21: Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 30, Memorial Day
Sunday, June 19th: Juneteenth National Independence Day
Monday, July 4: Independence Day
Monday, September 5: Labor Day
Monday, October 10: Columbus Day
Friday, November 11: Veterans Day
Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving Day
Sunday, December 25: Christmas Day
Additional Holidays To Consider
February 1st: Chinese New Year
March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day
April 2nd-April 30th: Ramadan
May 3rd: Eid-Al-Fitr
May 5th: Cinco De Mayo
June 24th: Pride Day (LGBTQ+)
July 1st: Canada Day
September 11th: 9/11 Remembrance Day
October 4th: Yom Kippur
October 10th: Indigenous People’s DayNovember 4: Diwali
November 4th: Diwali
December 18th: First Day Of Hannakuh
December 26th: Kwanzaa
December 26th: Boxing Day
We want to acknowledge that this is by no means an exhaustive list of days worth celebrating and observing, and is meant to serve as a jumping off point for your culture and values to facilitate inclusion in your company. If there are any days missing from this list, we welcome the chance to add to our list!