Puerto Rico Holidays 2017

Enjoying the island life is never better than with the many holidays in Puerto Rico. As a US territory, Puerto Rico observes all of the national holidays as well as key dates related to the history of the island.

For all public holidays in Puerto Rico the government offices and banks will be closed. However businesses are not required to close or give paid time off to their employees for every holiday. If you’re setting up a new company in Puerto Rico it’s useful to outline what holidays will be observed to avoid any misunderstanding with employees. 


Public Holidays for 2017

January / enero

January is a busy month for holidays in Puerto Rico. The holiday festivities continue throughout most of the month with Three Kings Day, Día de los Tres Reyes Magos in Spanish, being an important holiday on the island. 

  • Sunday, January 1 – New Year’s Day (observed January 2)
  • Friday, January 6 – Epiphany (Three Kings Day)
  • Monday, January 9 – Birthday of Eugenio Maria de Hostos (January 11th is the official birthday but in recent years it has been celebrated on the 2nd Monday in January.)
  • Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (third Monday of January)
  • January 19-22 – San Sebastian Festival in Old San Juan

February / febrero

  • Monday, February 20 – President’s Day

March / marzo

  • Wednesday, March 22 – Emancipation Day

April / abril

  • Friday, April 14 – Good Friday
  • Sunday, April 16 – Easter Sunday
  • Thursday, April 20 – Birthday of Jose De Diego (celebrated on the 3rd Monday of April)

May / mayo

  • Sunday, May 14 – Mother’s Day
  • Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day

June / junio

  • Sunday, June 18 – Father’s Day

July / Julio

July is a busy month for celebrations as well. In addition to the US Independence federal holiday, there are two holidays at the end of the month when businesses close. With many people taking vacation at this time the last week of July is known as “Christmas in July”.

  • Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day
  • Tuesday, July 25 – Commonwealth Constitution Day
  • Thursday, July 27 – Birthday of Dr. José Celso Barbosa

September / septiembre

  • Monday, September 4 – Labor Day

October / octubre

  • Monday, October 14 – Christopher Columbus Day

November / noviembre

  • Sunday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day
  • Sunday, November 19 – Discovery Day (observed November 20)
  • Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Day

December / diciembre

  • Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
  • Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day 


Grey – Holiday or event worth noting

Black– Public holiday



13 Apr 2017

By PR Business Link