National Holidays 2024
There will be 11 national holidays in the U.S. in 2024 AFP

As 2024 begins and New Year's Day becomes smaller in the rearview mirror, many are already looking at the calendar to check when the next national holiday will take place.

This year there will be 11 national holidays, the first one (New Year's Day) already behind. The next one, however, is not that far away in the future: it will take place on January 15, when Martin Luther King Day is observed.

As established by federal law, if a public holiday falls on a Saturday, it will be observed on the preceding Friday and the next Monday if it falls on a Sunday.

This is the full list of the 2024 U.S. national holidays along with the day in which they fall:

New Year's Day: Monday, January 1

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Monday, January 15

Presidents' Day: Monday, February 19

Memorial Day: Monday, May 27

Juneteenth National Independence Day: Wednesday, June 19

Independence Day: Thursday, July 4

Labor Day: Monday, September 2

Indigenous Peoples' Day (also observed as Columbus Day): Monday, October 14

Veterans Day: Monday, November 11

Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28

Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25

The U.S. is among the countries with the least amount of public holidays when compared with Latin American countries, only above Mexico (7) Nicaragua (9) and Bolivia (10). Ecuador and Honduras have the same amount, the rest enjoying more days off.

The country with the most holidays in Latin America is Venezuela, with 21. It is closely followed by Chile, with 20, and Colombia, with 18. Argentina will have 15, El Salvador 14 and Brazil 12.

U.S. roads, both by land and air, were extremely busy during the recent holiday season. According to The Associated Press, by December 21, the TSA screened "12.3% more travelers than it had by this time last year and 1.4% more than in 2019." "December is running about 6% above the same month last year," the outlet added. Overall, AAA said that it was expecting more than 39 million flyers during the busiest holiday period, and for more than 115 million people to move.

At that point of the year, when the most recent data was available, airlines had canceled 1.2% of U.S. flights, down nearly half from 2.1% over the same period last year. Cancellations were well below 1% during Thanksgiving, according to FlightAware.

"I don't want to jinx us, but so far 2023 has seen the lowest cancellation rate in the last five years," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in late December. He added, however, that winter weather "will certainly be a challenge in the next few weeks."

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