Setting Recurring Non-working Time in Microsoft Office Project Standard 2007

A user asks: I am fairly new to Microsoft Project. Is there a tool or resource out there that lists standard US holidays for the next 10 years as formulas that I can plug into Project (For example, Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November; Memorial Day is the last Monday in May…)

Along those same lines, what’s the best way to have Project note that the Friday after Thanksgiving as a standing holiday too

Answer: Regarding the standard list of US holidays, here you go, courtesy of Wikipedia:

New Year’s Day January 1
Birthday of Martin Luther King 3rd Monday in January
President’s Day 3rd Monday in February
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Independence DayJuly 4
Labor Day 1st Monday in September
Veterans Day November 11
Thanksgiving Day 4th Thursday in November
Christmas DayDecember 25

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Written by Ellen Lehnert
Ellen Lehnert, PMP, Microsoft Project MVP, MCP, is a independent consultant and trainer on Microsoft Project and Project Server. She has taught Microsoft Project over 400 times and is the author of  MS Project 2010 and 2013 published courseware. Ellen is also a contributor and tech editor for many reference books, a developer for the Microsoft Project certification tests and is a frequent meeting speaker for Microsoft, MPUG and PMI. Contact Ellen at
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