Gov. DeSantis gives state workers 4-day Independence Day holiday

About 100,000 workers were just granted July 5 off.

Florida’s state employees can enjoy a long Independence Day weekend.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced state offices will be closed on July 5, in addition to the standard July 4 holiday.

“I am proud to reward our state employees,” DeSantis said. “Following another historic legislative session that delivered tax breaks and record investments for Floridians — all while reducing spending — I hope our state employees use this additional time off to enjoy Florida’s Freedom Summer with their loved ones and celebrate America.”

July 4 this year falls on a Thursday. With the extra day off, that effectively gives most state employees a four-day weekend. State offices will remain closed during regular hours on both Thursday and Friday.

That grants additional time off to an estimated 100,000 state employees.

DeSantis last year also gave an extra day off to state employees.

The “Freedom Month” holiday was part of a tax package signed by DeSantis in May and means a break of sales tax for the month of July on event tickets to museums, sporting events, plays, festivals, fairs and outdoor items.

While that tax holiday stretched over most of Summer in 2023, it only will be in effect for July this year.

Florida state employees normally have nine state holidays guaranteed. In addition to Independence Day, employees get time off for New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and Christmas Day.

Additionally, full-time state employees are entitled to one personal holiday each year, which is awarded on July 1 and must be used by June 30.

DeSantis in prior years has also granted additional time off, in fact granting more extra holidays in Fiscal Year 2023 than any Florida Governor in at least 15 years. That included giving an extra day after Christmas, the Friday before New Year’s Day and the Tuesday after the beginning of the year.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Michael K

    June 24, 2024 at 8:15 pm

    Trying so desperately to buy some love from a demoralized workforce of many who see him as the worst governor in Florida history. Sad.

    • Elvis Pitts American

      June 24, 2024 at 9:17 pm

      Good evening Sage Florida Patriots,
      Pay no attention to the Dook 4 Brains Lefty Hater, Michael K above.
      Tjank you,

    • Impeach Biden

      June 24, 2024 at 9:47 pm

      Many? Hilarious. If he could run for a third term he would win easily. You are completely out of touch with reality.

    • Sally B

      June 25, 2024 at 2:29 am

      Is that why America’s Governor was re-elected in the greatest landslide in the history of modern Florida politics? Even former Florida governor Jeb Bush believes Ron DeSantis will leave office as the most effective governor in the history of the free state of Florida.

    • just sayin

      June 25, 2024 at 9:36 am

      FFS, he could cure cancer and you would whine about all the unemployed health care workers. Just STFU and enjoy the day off.

    • Kevin B

      June 25, 2024 at 10:04 am

      Trump 2024 Mr. K.

    • Juan R

      June 25, 2024 at 10:33 am

      A ‘demoralized workforce’ brought on by high gas prices, high food costs, and on the brink of WW3. Thanks to Joe, Build Back Better, and people like you.
      Governor Desantis is Florida’s best and bringing back common sense to the lunacy eroding our country and institutions.
      Enjoy your day off.

  • Elvis [FKA EARL] Pitts American

    June 25, 2024 at 7:01 am

    Thanks Sally,
    I ask that all of our Beloved Readership read both Dook 4 Brains Michael K’s post THEN read Sage Patriot Sally B’s post and choose RIGHT NOW if you will henceforth stand with the Good Honest Sage Patriots OR the evil Dook 4 Brains Leftys.
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  • Rick M

    July 5, 2024 at 10:29 am

    The people that are the New Democrat/Communist despise anything opposing person brings to the table. They adhere to the Bidum theory of ready…fire…aim! Oops!! Try thinking, it may be a pleasant surprise.

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