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2023 State Holidays

The following holidays will be observed on the dates noted:

  • New Year’s Day will be observed on Monday, January 2
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday will be observed on Monday, January 16
  • A state holiday will be observed on Friday, April 7
  • Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 29
  • Juneteenth will be observed on Monday, June 19
  • Independence Day will be observed on Tuesday, July 4
  • Labor Day will be observed on ​Monday, September 4
  • Columbus Day will be observed on Monday, October 9
  • Veterans Day will be observed on Friday, November 10
  • Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, November 23
  • A state holiday will be observed on Friday, November 24
  • Christmas will be observed on Monday, December 25​
  • Washington’s Birthday will be observed on Tuesday, December 26

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced these dates in official an official memo.  Please refer to this holiday schedule for dates when the Capitol and state agencies will be closed in 2023.

Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites “Take Flight” in 2023

This year’s programming theme is all about birds, bats and pollinators. Rangers invite you to join evening bat walks, backyard bird counts, pollinator habitat restoration projects, butterfly hikes and more “Take Flight” programs. You’ll learn the importance of pollination for our food, migration patterns, how to identify birds and much more. Regular programs like Junior Ranger camps, archery classes, guided kayak tours are also scheduled throughout the year. Check the Events tab on

Below is a sample of “Take Flight” Programs in 2023

  • Extinction is Forever: Red-cockaded Woodpeckers – Sundays in Spring, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, Juliette
  • Bird Bingo – March 10, F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain
  • Butterfly Craft – March 11, Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Newnan
  • Take Flight Hike – First Saturdays, April – October, New Echota Cherokee Capital, Calhoun
  • Bats Along the Etowah River – April 17, Etowah Mounds Historic Site, Cartersville
  • World Migration Bird Day Hike – May 13, Stephen C. Foster State Park, Okefenokee Swamp
  • World Bee Day – May 20, Kolomoki Mounds Historic Site, Blakely
  • Dragonflies Along the Etowah – June 10, Etowah Mounds Historic Site, Cartersville
  • Build a Bee Hotel – June 17, Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen

Gov. Kemp issues emergency declaration for Georgia coastal counties in preparation for Hurricane Ian

September 28, 2022

Acting on a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials, Gov. Brian P. Kemp issued a State of Emergency order on September 27, 2022 for affected Georgia coastal counties in preparation for Hurricane Ian. As the storm moves through the state beginning on Friday, heavy rainfall and damaging winds will be possible throughout Georgia. The State of Emergency goes into effect at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2022 and will expire at midnight on Friday, October 28, 2022. You can read executive order here.

Due to inclement weather and potential unsafe road conditions, agencies with offices located in Georgia’s coastal counties are authorized to close such offices as necessary in response to Hurricane Ian. Closures are to be determined by agency heads based on their evaluation of individual agency personnel and their missions. Employees should direct any questions to their agencies.  Please be safe and alert if traveling in the area.