University Official Holidays and Closings

New Year’s DayFriday, January 1Monday, January 3
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s DayMonday, January 18Monday, January 17
Memorial DayMonday, May 31Monday, May 30
Independence DayFriday, July 5Monday, July 4
Labor DayMonday, September 6Monday, September 5
ThanksgivingWednesday-Friday November 24-26Wednesday-Friday November 23-25
Winter HolidayFriday, Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday
December 24, 27, 28 & 29
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
December 26,27,28,29
 Extended Winter Break*Thursday & Friday
December 30 and 31
Friday and Friday
December 23 and 30

Holiday Schedule Notes:

The State of North Carolina authorizes 12 holidays each year, three of which must fall at Christmas.  The campuses of the UNC system observe the same number of holidays as those provided to other state agencies; however, each campus sets its own specific holiday schedule based on institutional needs.  For the 2021 and 2022 holiday schedules at UNC Asheville:

  • The Good Friday holiday has been moved to the Thanksgiving holiday
  • The Veterans’ Day holiday has been moved to the Winter Holiday

*Extended Winter Break days are not paid holidays. December 23 and 30 are designated as Extended Winter Break Days. Employees who do not work on Extended Winter Break days will use vacation leave, bonus leave, or accrued compensatory time. Alternatively some employees may choose to work, as coordinated with their supervisors, and some employees are required to work during that time.

The first holiday observance in 2023 will be on Monday, January 2.