How to Add Public Holidays To Google Calendar

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A good thing about Google calendar is that you can add public holidays of different countries and get notified of an upcoming holiday. This is particular useful if your work involves interacting with people in different countries, which is kinda common in this era of globalization.

Adding holidays is simple. Here are the steps.

1. Sign in to Google Calendar.

2. On the left pane, under “Other calendars” area, click on “Add” link given at the bottom. Now select “Browse Interesting Calendars from the menu”. In the screenshot below you can see I’ve already subscribed to calendars of some countries.

public holidays in google calendar

3. The list of interesting calendars will appear on the right. You can preview any calendar or subscribe to it by clicking on the “Preview” and “Subscribe” links given on the right. You could subscribe to any number of them.

public calendars

4. Given below is the screenshot of US Holidays calendar preview.

US Holidays calendar

5. After subscribing, you’ll find those calendars under the “Other calendars” box. Notice that each country is represented by a unique color.

other calendars

6. Different colors for each calendar help you easily differentiate between them. So, by matching the colors on the left, you would know if St. Patrick’s Day is a US or a Canadian holiday.

google calendar public holidays

7. If you want to remove any calendar, just visit the interesting calendar page again and click on “unsubscribe” button.

This way you can easily add and manage public holidays in your Google calendar.

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  • KG Lim

    Hi, may I know how to edit the Holidays in the Calendar? Thanks.

    • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      You can’t, these are public/read-only calendars provided by Google.

  • http://twitter.com/thinkingal22 Rose

    Dec 5 – Sinterklaas – Dutch calendar

  • http://twitter.com/ThuzarIsLonely Khin Thuzar Thin

    Thank you! Save my frustration. :D

  • PolishGuy

    How to add UK bank holidays?

  • Kim

    I don’t have any subscribed calendars yet I’m still getting annoying (UK holiday notifications on google calendar. Help please anyone? Thanks

  • Tony

    Is there a way to know which “holidays” are actually observed, ie offices and businesses close that day? For example, Father’s Day we celebrate, but all the stores are still open, Canadian labout ;aw requires overtime payment for working some holidays and not others etc.