Significant New York Public Holidays

MANHATTAN - NOVEMBER 25 : Gong Fu Panda cartoon character balloon passing Times Square at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade November 25 2010 in Manhattan. has put together a list of major public holidays in New York for 2015 and 2016. As an Australian planning your New York adventure we recommend that you keep these dates in mind. New York will often get busy on most weekends with local and interstate visitors coming to New York to experience its wonderful shows, attractions and shopping. A long weekend in the Big Apple can see hotel prices spike, attraction wait times grow even longer and the chance of getting into popular Broadway shows even more difficult.

For these reasons Australian travellers should be careful when making their bookings and keep the following dates in mind. The most popular public holidays and long weekends in New York are:


The last Thursday in November commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621. Falling on a Thursday most Americans will generally take the Friday off and make it into a 4 day Thanksgiving weekend. This combined with the Black Friday shopping sales, New York is a very busy place to be. The Thanksgiving weekend is considered the start of the Christmas Holiday period with prices for accommodation, flights, tours and attractions increasing through until the first week of January.

Independence Day

Every Fourth of July, New York’ East River lights up with the amazing Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display to commemorate the creation 13 States of the new United States of America and officially recognising independence from the British Empire.

New Year’s Day

Spending New Year’s Eve in New York is a true bucket list item that should be on everyone’s bucket list, and the crowds that are drawn to New York to watch the ball drop at Times Square each year, thousands of people check that off their list each year. Any Australians planning on visiting New York for New Year’s Eve will know that prices for that time of the year will be expensive. In addition to the inflated prices most Midtown hotels will require a minimum night stay of anywhere from 3 to 7 nights due to the popularity of New York at New Year’s Eve.

New Years Eve in Times Square, New York City. Source: Unknown

New York Public Holdays

New Year’s DayThursday, January 1Friday, January 1
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday, January 19Monday, January 18
Lincoln’s BirthdayThursday, February 12Friday, February 12
Washington’s BirthdayMonday, February 16Monday, February 15
Memorial DayMonday, May 25Monday, May 30
Independence DaySaturday, July 4Monday, July 4
Labor DayMonday, September 7Monday, September 5
Columbus DayMonday, October 12Monday, October 10
Veterans’ DayWednesday, November 11Friday, November 11
Thursday, November 26Thursday, November 24
Christmas Day
Friday, December 25Monday, December 26


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