French 2014 Public Holidays

There are about 11 national holidays in France annually. Stores, companies, government offices, banks, and museums are usually closed during national holidays in France. It is better for visitors in France to call restaurant, museums, and hotels in advance to make sure that they are open, especially in May when there is a public holiday almost every week.

Labour Day or May Day (on May 1st) is the only public holiday by statute in France. The other holidays are determined by convention collective (agreement between employers’ and employees’ union). Most French public holidays fall on a fixed date, except for Easter.

Most businesses and stores are closed during French public holidays, yet many restaurants and some small supermarkets in town remain open. It is difficult to find an open restaurant or supermarket on Christmas, though. For those traveling in France during Christmas, remember to book restaurant and hotel in advance.

France 2014 public holidays calendar is available below. Please note this is not an official France holidays calendar 2014, but only an estimate calendar. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of this France 2014 public holidays calendar.

2014 Public Holidays in France
Here is a list of France 2014 public holidays

Premier de l’an/ Le jour de l’an
New Year’s Day 2014
Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Vendredi Saint
Good Friday 2014
Regional holiday in Alsace-Moselle
Friday, 18 April 2014

Lundi de Pâques
Easter Monday – Monday after Easter 2014
Monday, 21 April 2014

Fête du Travail
Labour Day / May Day
Thursday, 1 May 2014

Victoire 1945
Victory in Europe Day 2014
End of World War II
Thursday, 8 May 2014

Ascension
Ascension Day 2014
Thursday, 39 days after Easter
Thursday, 29 May 2014

Lundi de Pentecôte
Whit Monday 2014
Monday after Pentecost
Monday, 9 June 2014

14 Juillet – Fête Nationale
Bastille Day 2014 – French National Day
Monday, 14 July 2014

Assomption
Assumption of Mary 2014
Friday, 15 August 2014

Toussaint
All Saints’ Day 2014
Saturday, 1 November 2014

Armistice 1918
Veterans Day/ Remembrance Day 2014
Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Noël
Christmas Day 2014
Thursday, 25 December 2014

Lendemain de Noël
Boxing Day 2014
Regional holiday in Alsace-Moselle
Friday, 26 December 2014

*If a French public holiday falls on Sunday (except Easter Sunday and Whit Sunday), the following Monday will be substitute holiday. There is no time off in lieu is granted when a public holiday falls on Saturday.

**If a public holiday falls on Tuesday or Thursday, many people take Monday or Friday off to create long weekend. Thus, some businesses and stores are closed for the entire period.

Happy French Holidays 2014 ! Enjoy Your Holiday !