Add a holiday to the project calendar

Project doesn’t include preset holidays, but you can add them to any calendar to make sure work is not scheduled on days when your organization isn't working.

  1. Click Project > Properties > Change Working Time.

    Change Working Time

  2. Select a calendar from the For calendar list, and then click the holiday on the calendar.


  3. On the Exceptions tab, type a Name for the holiday, and then press Enter.

    Exceptions tab

    The Start and Finish dates are populated with what you had selected on the calendar, and the day is marked as nonworking.

  4. If this holiday will happen again during the project (especially if the project goes longer than a year), select the holiday and click Details.

    Details button

  5. Under Recurrence pattern, set how often the holiday will repeat.

    Recurrence pattern

    Tip: You can also set a Range of recurrence if the holiday happens repeatedly and then stops.

  6. Click OK to return to the Change Working Time dialog box, and then click OK again.

Any tasks that resources are assigned to will now be scheduled around the holiday by, typically, lengthening the number of days it will take to complete the task.

Tip: Need to turn weekends into workdays? Do this by changing the working days on the project calendar.

What else can I do with calendars?

Project enables you to fine-tune scheduling using multiple calendars. If you understand how they all work together, it's easier to plan for how your project's dates will be impacted. Here are a few more articles you might find helpful in building a more accurate picture of the working and nonworking days in your organization.

Set the general working days and times for a project
Create a new base calendar

Create a calendar for a task

Set a unique schedule for a specific resource
Add a resource's vacation time
Change resource availability without using a calendar

Tip: If you don't need a calendar anymore, delete it!

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