Is St. Patrick’s Day a Public Holiday?

March 15, 2019 | Yana Todorova 5 mins read

About St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture with parades, traditional food, music, dancing and a whole lot of green on March the 17th! St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated since the 17th century in Ireland. Today, many parts of the world, especially those with Irish communities and organizations, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and have longstanding traditions like dying rivers green as they do in Chicago each year being involved with Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative.


Holiday Pay for St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday and is a public holiday in Ireland.

The day after (Monday, 18th March 2019) is a bank holiday. Businesses that operate from Monday to Friday usually treat Monday 18th March as a holiday, but this is not a requirement. So, if your employer gives you a day off – treat it as a bonus!

Full-time employees and eligible part-time employees are given their public holiday statutory entitlement for Sunday 17th March 2019.

Full time employees are entitled to one of the following public holiday benefits:

  1. A paid day off on that day
  2. A paid day off within a month of that day
  3. An additional day of annual leave
  4. An additional day’s pay.

Part-time or casual employees must have worked at least 40 hours in the 5 weeks ending on the day before the public holiday in order to qualify for the public holiday benefit.

Employees automatically receive a paid day off 21 days before the public holiday. So most people that work from Monday to Friday should see an extra days pay in their pay packet in March for Sunday 17th.


St. Patrick’s Day around the globe

  • Australia: Patrick’s Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, 17 March 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in Australia.
  • Canada: Patrick’s Day is an official holiday in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is observed by the provincial government, but post offices, stores, many schools, businesses and other organizations are open. Public transport services run on their regular timetables. St. Patrick’s Day is not a public holiday in other parts of Canada and schools, organizations, businesses, stores and post offices are open as usual there.
  • United Kingdom: Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Northern Ireland, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. But it is not a public holiday in England, Wales or Scotland. In these three parts of the United Kingdom, schools, stores, businesses and other organizations are open as usual.
  • United States: Patrick’s Day is not a public holiday in the US. It falls on Sunday, 17 March 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours.

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