Executive Order 10508—Excusing Federal Employees From Duty One-Half Day on December 24, 1953, and One-Half Day on December 31, 1953
By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, it is hereby ordered that the several executive departments, independent establishments, and other governmental agencies in the metropolitan area of the District of Columbia, including the General Accounting Office, the Government Printing Office, and the Navy Yard and Naval Stations, shall be closed one-half day on Thursday, December 24, 1953, the day preceding Christmas Day, and one-half day on Thursday, December 31, 1953, the day preceding New Year's Day; and all employees in the Federal service in the metropolitan area of the District of Columbia, and in the field service of the executive departments, independent establishments, and other agencies of the Government, except those who may for special public reasons be excluded from the provisions of this order by the heads of their respective departments, establishments, or agencies, or those whose absence from duty would be inconsistent with the provisions of existing law, shall be excused from duty on such one-half days; and each such one-half day shall be considered a holiday within the meaning of Executive Order No. 10358 of June 9, 1952, and of all statutes so far as they relate to the compensation and leave of employees of the United States.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 14, 1953.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Executive Order 10508—Excusing Federal Employees From Duty One-Half Day on December 24, 1953, and One-Half Day on December 31, 1953 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/307037