According to the more than 1,000 responses we received to this week’s Career Center survey, 65% of respondents took the Fourth of July holiday off to celebrate their freedom or something like that. That’s a huge jump from the 27% of respondents who reported not working on Presidents’ Day, and the 34% of respondents who reported not working on MLK Day.

For the unlucky 35% of respondents who reported working on Independence Day, what were the top reasons given for missing out on the festivities?

  • 54% said that nobody specifically asked them to do work, but they had work they needed to get done.
  • 29% said a partner or associate asked them to do work.
  • 14% said a client asked them to do work.
  • 9% said they needed the hours.
  • 5% said everyone else in their office was working.
  • 5% said that Independence Day is not recognized as an official firm holiday.

Now let’s look at some firm-specific data….

At which firms were associates most likely to be watching fireworks from their desks? O’Melveny & Myers, Proskauer Rose, and White & Case.

On the other hand, these firms had the highest percentage of associates taking the day off: Allen & Overy, Alston & Bird, Bingham McCutchen, Dechert, Dewey, Katten Muchin, and K&L Gates.

For more information about these and other top law firms, check out the updated law firm profiles on the Career Center, powered by Lateral Link.