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

 

CU Boulder Holiday Schedule

2021 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Friday New Year's Day
Jan. 18 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Mar. 26 Friday Friday of Spring Break Week
May 31 Monday Memorial Day
July 5 Monday In obeservance of Independence Day
Sept. 6 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 25 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 26 Friday The day after Thanksgiving
Dec. 24 Friday Christmas Eve
Dec. 27 Monday In obeservance of Christmas Day

 

2020 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Wednesday New Year's Day
Jan. 20 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Mar. 27 Friday Spring Break
May 25 Monday Memorial Day
July 3 Friday Independence Day
Sept. 7 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 26 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 27 Friday The day after Thanksgiving
Dec. 24 Thursday The day before Christmas
Dec. 25 Friday Christmas Day

UCCS Holiday Schedule

2021 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Friday New Year's Day
Jan. 18 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
May 31 Monday Memorial Day
July 5 Friday In observance of Independence Day
Sept. 6 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 25 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 26 Friday Floating Holiday (Francis Xavier Cabrini Day*)
Dec. 24 Friday Christmas Eve
Dec. 27 Monday Floating Holiday (Veteran's Day)
Dec. 28 Tuesday UCCS Chancellor's Administrative Day
Dec. 29 Wednesday Mandatory Vacation Day
Dec. 30 Thursday Mandatory Vacation Day
Dec. 31 Friday New Year's Eve

 

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 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). 

2020 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Wednesday New Year's Day
Jan. 20 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
May 25 Monday Memorial Day
July 3 Friday Independence Day
Sept. 7 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 26 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 27 Friday Floating Holiday (Columbus Day)
Dec. 24 Thursday Floating Holiday (Veteran's Day)
Dec. 25 Friday Christmas Day
Dec. 31 Thursday 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 requests, please contact the Human Resources Office. 

CU Denver Holiday Schedule

2021 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Friday New Year's Day
May 31 Monday Memorial Day
July 5 Monday In observance of Independence Day
Sept. 6 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 25 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Dec. 24 Friday Christmas Eve
Dec. 27 Monday  
Dec. 28 Tuesday  
Dec. 29 Wednesday  
Dec. 30 Thursday  
Dec. 31 Friday New Year's Eve

 

2020 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Wednesday New Year's Day
May 25 Monday Memorial Day
July 3 Friday Independence Day
Sept. 7 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 26 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Dec. 25 Friday Christmas Day
Dec. 28 Monday  
Dec. 29 Tuesday  
Dec. 30 Wednesday  
Dec. 31 Thursday  

CU Anschutz Medical Campus Holiday Schedule

2021 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Friday New Year's Day
Jan. 18 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 15 Monday President's Day
May 31 Monday Memorial Day
July 5 Monday Independence Day
Sept. 6 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 25 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 26 Friday The day after Thanksgiving
Dec. 23 Thursday In observance of Christmas
Dec. 24 Friday Christmas Eve
Dec. 31 Friday New Year's Eve
2020 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Wednesday New Year's Day
Jan. 20 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 17 Monday President's Day
May 25 Monday Memorial Day
July 3 Friday Independence Day
Sept. 7 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 26 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 27 Friday The day after Thanksgiving
Dec. 24 Thursday The day before Christmas
Dec. 25 Friday Christmas Day

CU System Administration Holiday Schedule

2021 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Friday New Year's Day
Jan. 18 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
May 31 Monday Memorial Day
July 5 Monday In observance of Independence Day
Sept. 6 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 25 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 26 Friday The day after Thanksgiving
Dec. 23 Thursday In observance of Christmas
Dec. 24 Friday Christmas Eve
Dec. 31 Friday New Year's Eve
2020 Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Wednesday New Year's Day
Jan. 20 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
May 25 Monday Memorial Day
July 3 Friday Independence Day
Sept. 7 Monday Labor Day
Nov. 26 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 27 Friday The day after Thanksgiving
Dec. 24 Thursday The day before Christmas
Dec. 25 Friday Christmas Day
Dec. 31 Friday New Year's Eve

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.