2007 California Government Code Chapter 7. Holidays

CA Codes (gov:6700-6720)

SECTION 6700-6720

6700.  The holidays in this state are:
   (a) Every Sunday.
   (b) January 1st.
   (c) The third Monday in January, known as "Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.  Day."
   (d) February 12th, known as "Lincoln Day."
   (e) The third Monday in February.
   (f) March 31st known as "Cesar Chavez Day."
   (g) The last Monday in May.
   (h) July 4th.
   (i) The first Monday in September.
   (j) September 9th, known as "Admission Day."
   (k) The second Monday in October, known as "Columbus Day."
   (l) November 11th, known as "Veterans Day."
   (m) December 25th.
   (n) Good Friday from 12 noon until 3 p.m.
   (o) Every day appointed by the President or Governor for a public
fast, thanksgiving, or holiday.
   Except for the Thursday in November appointed as Thanksgiving Day,
this subdivision and subdivisions (c) and (f) shall not apply to a
city, county, or district unless made applicable by charter, or by
ordinance or resolution of the governing body thereof.
   If the provisions of this section are in conflict with the
provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to
Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 3560) of Division 4 of Title 1,
the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further
legislative action, except that if those provisions of a memorandum
of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions
shall not become effective unless approved  by the Legislature in the
annual Budget Act.

6701.  If January 1st, February 12th, March 31st, July 4th,
September 9th, November 11th, or December 25th falls upon a Sunday,
the Monday following is a holiday.  If November 11th falls upon a
Saturday, the preceding Friday is a holiday.
   If any holiday designated in Section 6700 falls on a Saturday, the
board of supervisors of any county may by ordinance or resolution
provide that an alternate day shall be a holiday for the employees of
the county, except those employees of the county working as court

6702.  Every Saturday from noon to midnight is a holiday as regards
the transaction of business in the public offices of the state and
political divisions where laws, ordinances, or charters provide that
public offices shall be closed on holidays.  This section shall not
be construed to prevent or invalidate the issuance, filing, service,
execution, or recording of any legal process or written instrument
during such period.  Public offices of a city shall be closed on
those holidays enumerated in Section 6700 unless otherwise provided
by charter, ordinance or resolution.

6703.  Public offices of the State, state institutions, and the
University of California shall be closed on Admission Day.  Public
offices of the State and state institutions, except the University of
California, shall be closed on Veterans Day.

6704.  The legislative body of any city or district may, by
ordinance or resolution, provide that every Saturday is a holiday as
respects the transaction of business in the public offices of such
cities or districts except that provision shall be made for the
continuance of essential public services such as police and fire

6705.  A special or limited holiday is a holiday applying only to a
special class or classes of business, or a special class or classes
of persons, and not appointed to be generally observed throughout the
State by all classes of business and all classes of persons.
   On any special or limited holiday appointed by the President or
Governor, all courts and public offices of the State, any political
subdivision, or any city, shall be open and function in their normal
and usual manner.  All other public functions shall be performed as
on days which are not holidays, and all contracts shall be performed
and business transacted as usual, except only as to or by the
particular class of business or persons expressly limited or
restricted by the provisions of the proclamation appointing or
declaring such special or limited holiday.

6706.  Whenever any act of a secular nature, other than a work of
necessity or mercy, is appointed by law or contract to be performed
upon a particular day which falls upon a holiday, such act may be
performed upon the next business day with the same effect as if it
had been performed upon the day appointed.

6707.  When the last day for filing any instrument or other document
with a state agency falls upon a Saturday or holiday, such act may
be performed upon the next business day with the same effect as if it
had been performed upon the day appointed.

6708.  The Governor shall proclaim September 28th to be known
hereafter as "Cabrillo Day."

6709.  The Governor shall proclaim January 15 to be known hereafter
as Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

6710.  The Governor shall proclaim March 7, to be known hereafter as
"Arbor Day."

6711.  The Governor shall proclaim February 19 to be known hereafter
as "A Day of Remembrance:  Japanese American Evacuation," to reflect
upon that day of February 19 in 1942 when Executive Order No. 9066
was issued to place over 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, most
of whom were citizens of the United States, in American concentration
camps during World War II, and to commemorate that day of February
19 of 1976 when Executive Order No. 9066 was rescinded.

6712.  The Governor shall proclaim annually the fourth Friday in
September to be "Native American Day."

6713.  The Governor shall annually proclaim the first Sunday in
October to be known as "Stepparents Day."

6714.  The Governor annually shall proclaim April 21st to be "John
Muir Day."

6716.  The Governor shall annually proclaim December 7 as "Pearl
Harbor Day."

6717.  The Governor shall annually proclaim March 31 as "Cesar
Chavez Day."

6718.  The Governor shall proclaim the month of February as Black
History Month each year.

6719.  The Governor shall proclaim the third Saturday in June of
each year to be known as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day:  A day of
observance," to urge all Californians in celebrating this day to
honor and reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans
have played in the history of the United States and how
African-Americans have enriched society through their steadfast
commitment to promoting freedom, brotherhood, and equality.

   April 24 of each year shall be the "California Day of Remembrance
of the Armenian Genocide," and the period beginning on the Sunday
before that day through the following Sunday shall be the days of
remembrance in this state, and shall annually be so proclaimed by the
Governor, in memory of the 1,500,000 victims who were subjected to
torture, starvation, and murder, including death marches into the
Syrian desert, by the rulers of the Ottoman Turkish Empire and the
exile of more than 500,000 innocent people during the period from
1915 to 1923, inclusive, and in honor of the survivors of those
crimes against humanity.

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