CU employees enjoy a maximum of 10 paid holidays a year. See which schedule your campus follows below.

 

CU System Administration Holiday Schedule

*Winter break includes three holidays and will require two days of personal leave (vacation, administrative leave or governor’s holiday).   

2022 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 3 Monday In observance of New Year’s Day
Jan. 17 Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day
May 30 Monday Memorial Day
July 4 Monday Independence Day
Sept. 5 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 24 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 25 Friday The day after Thanksgiving
Dec. 26 Monday In observance of Christmas Eve
Dec. 27 Tuesday In observance of Christmas Day
Dec. 28 Wednesday Personal/Admin Day
Dec. 29 Thursday Personal/Admin Day
Dec. 30 Friday In observance of New Year’s Eve

Personal observance day

  • Beginning in May 2022: Leave-eligible employees may use a personal observance day (floating holiday) for the 2022 fiscal year by Dec. 31, 2022. 
  • Use of the personal observance day should be made in consultation with your supervisor. 
  • Requests should be made in advance, by entering the earnings code Personal Observance Day in your My Leave. This code will be available beginning Thursday, May 5. If your department doesn't use My Leave, please check with your department HR liaison on how to track the time. 
  • Employees who leave the university at any time during the year will be able to use the personal observance day before they depart. The day would not be paid out if an employee does not take it.

CU Boulder Holiday Schedule

2022 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 17 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Mar. 25 Friday Spring Holiday
May 30 Monday Memorial Day
July 4 Monday Independence Day
Sept. 5 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 24 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 25 Friday The day after Thanksgiving
Winter break - Dec. 25, 2022 to Jan. 1, 2023 *
Dec. 26 Monday Holiday
Dec. 27 Tuesday Holiday
Dec. 28 Wednesday Personal leave (vacation/comp)
Dec. 29 Thursday Personal leave (vacation/comp)
Dec. 30 Friday Holiday

*Winter break includes three holidays and will be used on three weekdays between Dec. 25 and Jan.1 and will require two days of personal leave (vacation, administrative leave or governor’s holiday).  CU Boulder will resume campus operations and will be open on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, the national observance of New Year’s Day. 

Personal observance day

  • Beginning in May 2022: Leave-eligible employees may use a personal observance day (floating holiday) for the 2022 fiscal year by Dec. 31, 2022. 
  • Use of the personal observance day should be made in consultation with your supervisor. 
  • Requests should be made in advance, by entering the earnings code Personal Observance Day in your My Leave. This code will be available beginning Thursday, May 5. If your department doesn't use My Leave, please check with your department HR liaison on how to track the time. 
  • Employees who leave the university at any time during the year will be able to use the personal observance day before they depart. The day would not be paid out if an employee does not take it.

2023 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 16 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Mar. 31 Friday Spring Holiday
May 29 Monday Memorial Day
July 4 Tuesday Independence Day
Sept. 4 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 23 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 24 Friday The day after Thanksgiving
Winter break - Dec. 25, 2021 to Jan. 1, 2024 *
Dec. 25 Monday Holiday
Dec. 26 Tuesday Holiday
Dec. 27 Wednesday Holiday
Dec. 28 Thursday Personal leave (vacation/comp)
Dec. 29 Friday Personal leave (vacation/comp)
Jan. 1 Monday Holiday

*Winter break includes three holidays and will be used on three weekdays between Dec. 25 and Jan.1 and will require three days of personal leave (vacation, administrative leave or governor’s holiday).  CU Boulder will resume campus operations on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024. 

UCCS Holiday Schedule

2022 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 3 Monday In observance of New Year's Day
Jan. 17 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
May 30 Monday Memorial Day
July 4 Monday Independence Day
Sept. 5 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 24 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 25 Friday Floating Holiday (Francis Xavier Cabrini Day*)
Dec. 26 Monday In observance of Christmas Day
Dec. 27 Tuesday Floating Holiday (Veteran's Day)
Dec. 28 Wednesday UCCS Chancellor's Administrative Day
Dec. 29 Thursday Mandatory Vacation Day
Dec. 30 Friday Floating Holiday (President's Day)

 

NOTE: Department Directors have the discretion to grant requests for Cesar Chavez Day (March 31) in lieu of another holiday within the same fiscal year. Prior to granting such requests, please contact the Human Resources Office.

* Frances Xavier Cabrini Day (first Monday in October), a new legal holiday, will replace Columbus Day (second Monday in October). This was passed by the legislature on March 10, 2020 and signed into law by Governor Polis on March 20, 2020.

Personal observance day

  • Beginning in May 2022: Leave-eligible employees may use a personal observance day (floating holiday) for the 2022 fiscal year by Dec. 31, 2022. 
  • Use of the personal observance day should be made in consultation with your supervisor. 
  • Requests should be made in advance, by entering the earnings code Personal Observance Day in your My Leave. This code will be available beginning Thursday, May 5. If your department doesn't use My Leave, please check with your department HR liaison on how to track the time. 
  • Employees who leave the university at any time during the year will be able to use the personal observance day before they depart. The day would not be paid out if an employee does not take it.
2023 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 2 Monday In observance of New Year's Day
Jan. 16 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
May 29 Monday Memorial Day

 

NOTE: Department Directors have the discretion to grant requests for Cesar Chavez Day (March 31) in lieu of another holiday within the same fiscal year. Prior to granting such requests, please contact the Human Resources Office.

* Frances Xavier Cabrini Day (first Monday in October), a new legal holiday, will replace Columbus Day (second Monday in October). This was passed by the legislature on March 10, 2020 and signed into law by Governor Polis on March 20, 2020.

CU Denver Holiday Schedule

2022 Date Day of the Week Holiday
May 30 Monday Memorial Day
July 4 Monday Independence Day
Sept. 5 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 24 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Dec. 26 Monday In observance of Christmas
Dec. 27 Tuesday Floating Holiday (Columbus Day)
Dec. 28 Wednesday Floating Holiday (Veterans Day)
Dec. 29 Thursday Floating Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Dec. 30 Friday Floating Holiday (President's Day)

Personal observance day

  • Beginning in May 2022: Leave-eligible employees may use a personal observance day (floating holiday) for the 2022 fiscal year by Dec. 31, 2022. 
  • Use of the personal observance day should be made in consultation with your supervisor. 
  • Requests should be made in advance, by entering the earnings code Personal Observance Day in your My Leave. This code will be available beginning Thursday, May 5. If your department doesn't use My Leave, please check with your department HR liaison on how to track the time. 
  • Employees who leave the university at any time during the year will be able to use the personal observance day before they depart. The day would not be paid out if an employee does not take it.
2023 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 2 Monday
In observance of New Year's Day
May 29 Monday Memorial Day
July 4 Tuesday Independence Day
Sept. 4 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 23 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Dec. 25 Monday Christmas Day
Dec. 26 Tuesday Holiday
Dec. 27 Wednesday Holiday
Dec. 28 Thursday Holiday
Dec. 29 Friday Holiday

 

2024 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Monday New Year's Day
May 27 Monday Memorial Day

 

CU Anschutz Medical Campus Holiday Schedule

2022 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 17 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 21 Monday President's Day
May 30 Monday Memorial Day
July 4 Monday Independence Day
Sept. 5 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 24 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 25 Friday Floating Holiday (Columbus Day)
Dec. 23 Friday Floating Holiday (Veterans Day)
Dec. 26 Monday In observance of Christmas Day

Personal observance day

  • Beginning in May 2022: Leave-eligible employees may use a personal observance day (floating holiday) for the 2022 fiscal year by Dec. 31, 2022. 
  • Use of the personal observance day should be made in consultation with your supervisor. 
  • Requests should be made in advance, by entering the earnings code Personal Observance Day in your My Leave. This code will be available beginning Thursday, May 5. If your department doesn't use My Leave, please check with your department HR liaison on how to track the time. 
  • Employees who leave the university at any time during the year will be able to use the personal observance day before they depart. The day would not be paid out if an employee does not take it.
2023 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 2 Monday In observance of New Year's Day
Jan. 16 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 20 Monday President's Day
May 29 Monday Memorial Day
July 4 Tuesday Independence Day
Sept. 4 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 23 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 24 Friday Holiday
Dec. 22 Friday Holiday
Dec. 25 Monday Christmas Day

 

2024 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Monday New Year's Day
Jan. 15 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 19 Monday President's Day
May 27 Monday Memorial Day

 

For employees of campuses observing alternate holiday schedules, the alternate schedules are used in the application of all provisions of the holiday leave rules for classified employees. For example, if Presidents' Day, which is normally observed in February, is observed in June under an alternate holiday schedule, and an employee quits in April after having worked the statutory holiday (before the holiday is observed by the campus). In this scenario, the employee is not paid holiday leave on termination for having worked the statutory date. However, an employee who begins work in April is paid for the alternate holiday when it is observed in June.

Holiday Leave for Flex Schedules

Full-time employees are entitled to eight hours of holiday leave for each holiday. If an employee is on a nine-hour or 10-hour flex schedule, either a leave slip must be submitted for the extra one or two hours for the holiday, or the employee must arrange to make up the time during the same week in which the holiday occurs.

For a full-time employee to receive a full day of holiday leave, he/she must work or be on paid leave status for either the last scheduled work day before the holiday or the first scheduled workday after the holiday (both are not required). The employee may be on unpaid leave status for the other days of the month without affecting his/her holiday leave eligibility. Contact your campus human resources department for specific examples.

Part-Time Holiday Leave

Holiday leave for part-time employees is pro-rated based on the number of hours an employee works or is on paid leave, in the month the holiday occurs.