Fireworks illuminate the sky over the U.S. Capitol building and the Washington Monument during Fourth of July celebrations. Photo: Associated Press.

More businesses observe Thanksgiving and Christmas than any other U.S. holiday. But close behind are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day, all observed by at least 94 percent of businesses.

That’s what a Society for Human Resource Management survey tells us. The only other U.S. holidays to exceed a 50 percent closure level in 2015 will be Independence Day (the Fourth of July hits on a Saturday in 2015) and the day after Thanksgiving, both at 76 percent; and the day before Independence Day (60 percent), a Friday next year.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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