Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 27. Business Holidays and Computation of Time.


Subchapter I. Business Holidays.

§ 28–2701. Holidays designated — Time for performing acts extended.

The following days in each year, namely, New Year’s Day, January 1; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, the third Monday in January; Washington’s Birthday, the third Monday in February; District of Columbia Emancipation Day, April 16; Memorial Day, the last Monday in May; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, the first Monday in September; Indigenous Peoples' Day, the second Monday in October; Veteran’s Day, November 11; Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November; Christmas Day, December 25; every Saturday, after twelve o’clock noon; any day appointed by the President of the United States as a day of public feasting or thanksgiving; and the day of the inauguration of the President, in every fourth year, are holidays in the District for all purposes. When a day set apart as a legal holiday, other than the day of the inauguration of the President, falls on a Saturday, the next preceding day is a holiday. When a day set apart as a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, the next succeeding day is a holiday. In such cases, when a Sunday and a holiday or holidays fall on successive days, all commercial papers falling due on any of those days shall, for all purposes of presenting for payment or acceptance, be deemed to mature and be presentable for payment or acceptance on the next secular business day succeeding. Every Saturday is a holiday in the District for (1) every bank or banking institution having an office or banking house located within the District, (2) every Federal savings and loan association whose main office is in the District, and (3) every building association, building and loan association, or savings and loan association, incorporated or unincorporated, organized and operating under the laws of and having an office located within the District. An act which would otherwise be required, authorized, or permitted to be performed on Saturday in the District at the office or banking house of, or by, any such bank or bank institution, Federal savings and loan association, building association, building and loan association, or savings and loan association, if Saturday were not a holiday, shall or may be so performed on the next succeeding business day, and liability or loss of rights of any kind may not result from such delay.


(Aug. 30, 1964, 78 Stat. 671, Pub. L. 88-509, § 1; Aug. 1, 1975, D.C. Law 1-11, § 103, 22 DCR 1804; July 12, 1977, D.C. Law 2-13, § 2, 24 DCR 1443; Mar. 16, 1982, D.C. Law 4-77, § 2, 29 DCR 46; Mar. 14, 1985, D.C. Law 5-155, § 3, 32 DCR 11; Apr. 7, 2006, D.C. Law 16-91, § 109, 52 DCR 10637; Dec. 3, 2020, D.C. Law 23-149, § 1094, 67 DCR 10493.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 28-2701.

1973 Ed., § 28-2701.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-632.06 and § 47-1401.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-91, substituted “the third Monday in February; District of Columbia Emancipation Day, April 16;” for “the third Monday in February;”.

Cross References

Holidays, recognition of Dr. King’s birthday, see § 1-504.

Merit system, continuation of existing laws, see § 1-632.06.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 4 of Indigenous Peoples' Day Emergency Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-128, Oct. 11, 2019, 66 DCR 13532).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 4 of Indigenous Peoples' Day Temporary Amendment Act of 2019 (D.C. Law 23-45, Jan. 10, 2020, 66 DCR 15341).

Effective Dates

Section 4(b) of D.C. Law 5-155 provided that §§ 2 and 3 of the act shall take effect January 1, 1986.


Subchapter II. Computation of Time.

§ 28–2711. Daylight savings time.

The standard time applicable in the District of Columbia shall be advanced by one hour from 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March of each year until 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday in November of each year and this time, known as daylight savings time, shall, during the period of the year for which it is applicable, be the standard time for the District of Columbia.


(Aug. 30, 1964, 78 Stat. 672, Pub. L. 88-509, § 1; Mar. 13, 1985, D.C. Law 5-133, § 2, 31 DCR 5720; Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-255, § 27(b), 44 DCR 1271; Dec. 2, 2011, D.C. Law 19-45, § 3, 58 DCR 8937.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 28-2711.

1973 Ed., § 28-2711.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 25-723.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-45 substituted “2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March of each year until 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday in November” for “2:00 AM on the last Sunday in April of each year until 2:00 AM on the last Sunday in October”.