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Included below are Texas state holidays and recognition days found in Chapter 662 of the Texas Government Code.

Holiday Type Month Day/week Date or beginning date in 2021 Statute Bill Session Notes
Human Trafficking Prevention Month recognition month January January 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.107 HB 2290 84th R.S.
New Year's Day national holiday January 1 January 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(a) SB 54 16th R.S.
Sam Rayburn Day recognition day January 6 January 6, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.041 HB 620 65th R.S.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day recognition day January 9 January 9, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.067 HB 297 85th R.S.
Volunteers for Democracy Day recognition day January second Tuesday January 12, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.053 SB 393 80th R.S.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day national holiday January third Monday January 18, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(a) SB 485 70th R.S. Originally an optional holiday, made a state holiday by SB 134 72nd R.S. (1991).
Confederate Heroes Day state holiday January 19 January 19, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(b) SB 60 63rd R.S. Combined the holidays Robert E. Lee's birthday, January 19th (HB 126 42nd R.S. 1931), and Jefferson Davis's birthday, June 3rd (HB 91 29th R.S. 1905).
Sexual Assault Survivors Day recognition day January 28 January 28, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.071 HB 2298 86th R.S.
Presidents' Day national holiday February third Monday February 15, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(a) SB 54 16th R.S. Originally the 22nd of February in honor of Washington's birthday, changed to the 3rd Monday in February (HB 112 61st R.S. 1969).
State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day (STAR Day) recognition day February 19 February 19, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.047 SB 1656 76th R.S. See also HB 2997 76th R.S. 1999.
Iwo Jima Day recognition day February 19 February 19, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.062 SB 961 84th R.S.
Texas History Month recognition month March March 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.102 HB 294 78th R.S.
Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month recognition month March March 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.112 HB 1508 86th R.S.
Texas Girls in STEM Day recognition day March 1 March 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.071 HB 3435 86th R.S.
Texas Independence Day state holiday March 2 March 2, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(b) JR 7 14th R.S. Also included in the passage of SB 54 16th R.S. 1879, An Act to adopt and establish the Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas.
Texas Flag Day recognition day March 2 March 2, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.048 HB 2812 77th R.S.
Breast Reconstruction Advocacy and Education Day (BRAVE Day) recognition day March 21 March 21, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.069 HB 210 85th R.S.
Vietnam Veterans Day recognition day March 29 March 29, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.058 SB 1903 81st R.S.
Master Sergeant Jonathan J. Dunbar Day recognition day March 30 March 30, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.071 HB 295 86th R.S.
Cesar Chavez Day optional holiday March 31 March 31, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.013 SB 107 76th R.S.
Texas Fruit and Vegetable Month recognition month April April 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.103 SB 555 80th R.S.
Child Safety Month recognition month April April 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.105 HB 1045 80th R.S.
Minority Cancer Awareness Month recognition month April April 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.108 HB 114 82nd R.S.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month recognition month April April 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.111 HB 822 85th R.S.
Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day recognition day April 9 April 9, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.042 SB 248 73rd R.S. See also HB 404 71st R.S. 1989.
San Jacinto Day state holiday April 21 April 21, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(b) JR 7 14th R.S. Also included in the passage of SB 54 16th R.S. 1879, An Act to adopt and establish the Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas.
Postpartum Depression Awareness Month recognition month May May 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.110 HB 2079 84th R.S.
Jury Appreciation Week recognition week May first seven days May 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.155 SB 565 84th R.S.
Texas Firefighters Day recognition day May 4 May 4, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.071 HB 1064 86th R.S.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognition day May 8 May 8, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.071 SB 1819 86th R.S.
Willie Velasquez Day recognition day May 9 May 9, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.060 HB 3209 83rd R.S.
Public School Paraprofessional Day recognition day May second Wednesday May 12, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.049 HB 108 77th R.S.
Transportation Week recognition week May week including the third Friday May 16, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.151 HB 816 78th R.S.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Awareness Day recognition day May 17 May 17, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.071 HB 2597 86th R.S.
International Trade Awareness Week recognition week May 22-26 May 22, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.043 HB 2674 71st R.S.
Lung Cancer Awareness Day recognition day May 24 May 24, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.063 HB 369 84th R.S.
Memorial Day national holiday May last Monday May 31, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(a) HB 255 60th R.S. Originally the 30th of May, changed to the last Monday in May (HB 112 61st R.S. 1969).
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Awareness Month recognition month June June 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.112 HB 405 86th R.S.
Women Veterans Day recognition day June 12 June 12, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.065 SB 805 85th R.S.
Blue Tie Day recognition day June 13 June 13, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.071 SB 430 86th R.S.
Emancipation Day in Texas state holiday June 19 June 19, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(b) HB 1016 66th R.S. Also known as "Juneteenth."
Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Month recognition month July July 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.101 SB 1457 76th R.S.
Independence Day national holiday July 4 July 4, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(a) SB 54 16th R.S.
Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day recognition day July 7 July 7, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.066 HB 3042 85th R.S.
Space Exploration Day recognition day July 20 July 20, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.071 HB 3084 86th R.S.
National Day of the Cowboy recognition day July fourth Saturday July 24, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.061 SB 1522 84th R.S.
Waxahachie Chautauqua Day recognition day July 26 July 26, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.070 HB 1254 85th R.S.
Texas Parents Day recognition day August second Sunday August 8, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.046 HB 1196 76th R.S.
Women's Independence Day recognition day August 26 August 26, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.051 HB 67 79th R.S.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Day state holiday August 27 August 27, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(b) SB 60 63rd R.S.
Hydrocephalus Awareness Month recognition month September September 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.106 HB 3597 81st R.S.
Labor Day national holiday September first Monday September 6, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(a) SB 74 23rd R.S.
Texas First Responders Day recognition day September 11 September 11, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.050 HB 1937 78th R.S. See also HB 9 78th R.S. 2003.
Obesity Awareness Week recognition week September second full week September 13, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.152 HB 2313 80th R.S.
Direct Support Professionals Week recognition week September second full week September 13, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.156 HB 504 84th R.S.
Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day recognition day September third Wednesday September 15, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.055 SB 495 81st R.S.
Texian Navy Day recognition day September third Saturday September 18, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.052 SB 318 79th R.S.
Rosh Hashanah optional holiday September 7, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(b) SB 1095 72nd R.S.
American Indian Heritage Day recognition day September last Friday September 24, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.056 HB 174 83rd R.S.
Gold Star Mother's Day recognition day September last Sunday September 26, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.064 HB 194 84th R.S.
Yom Kippur optional holiday September 15, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(b) SB 1095 72nd R.S.
Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month recognition month October October 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.109 HB 3616 82nd R.S.
Influenza Awareness Day recognition day October 1 October 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.059 HB 1204 83rd R.S.
Monarch Butterfly Week recognition week October first seven days October 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.153 SB 909 81st R.S.
Veterinary Technician Week recognition week October week including the third Saturday October 11, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.157 HB 2471 86th R.S.
Columbus Day recognition day October second Monday October 11, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.044 HB 126 32nd R.S. Originally added as a state holiday, removed from the list of state holidays by SB 134 72nd R.S. 1991. Originally the 12th of October, changed to the second Monday in October (HB 112 61st R.S. 1969).
Texas Native Plant Week recognition week October third full week October 18, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.154 HB 1739 81st R.S.
Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day recognition day October third Wednesday October 20, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.068 HB 208 85th R.S.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month recognition month November November 1, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.104 HB 1449 80th R.S.
Father of Texas Day recognition day November 3 November 3, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.045 SB 245 43rd R.S. In memory of Stephen F. Austin.
Texas Arbor Day recognition day November first Friday November 5, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.057 HB 419 83rd R.S.
Veterans Day national holiday November 11 November 11, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(a) SB 163 37th R.S. Originally designated as "Victory Day," changed to "Veterans Day" by SB 250 54th R.S. 1955. Originally the 11th of November, changed to the 4th Monday of October (HB 112 60th R.S. 1967) and back to the 11th of November (SB 11 64th R.S. 1975).
Texas Adoption Day recognition day November Saturday before Thanksgiving Day November 20, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.054 SB 640 80th R.S.
Thanksgiving Day national holiday November fourth Thursday November 25, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(a) HB 384 52nd R.S. "All days appointed by the President of the United States or by the Governor, as days of fasting and thanksgiving" were included in the passage of SB 54 16th R.S. 1879, An Act to adopt and establish the Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas. Originally the last Thursday in November upon passage in 1951, changed to the 4th Thursday in November (SB 89 55th R.S. 1957).
Friday after Thanksgiving Day state holiday November fourth Friday November 26, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(b) SB 1095 72nd R.S.
Christmas Eve Day state holiday December 24 December 24, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(b) SB 1095 72nd R.S.
Christmas Day national holiday December 25 December 25, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(a) SB 54 16th R.S.
Day After Christmas state holiday December 26 December 26, 2021 Government Code, Section 662.003(b) SB 1095 72nd R.S.
Arbor Day former recognition day February 22 Texas Revised Civil Statutes (1911), Art. 4607 SB 277 21st R.S. Omitted from the passage of SB 84 39th R.S. 1925, Relating to adopting and establishing the Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas.
Texas Pioneers' Day former recognition day August 12 Texas Revised Civil Statutes (1928), Art. 4591a HCR 12 39th R.S. Omitted from the passage of SB 248 73rd R.S 1993, Relating to the adoption of a nonsubstantive revision of statutes relating to areas of government that affect or involve both state and local entities.
General Pulaski Memorial Day former recognition day October 11 Texas Revised Civil Statutes (1934 supplement), Art. 4591c SCR 12 42nd R.S. Omitted from the passage of SB 248 73rd R.S. 1993, Relating to the adoption of a nonsubstantive revision of statutes relating to areas of government that affect or involve both state and local entities.