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# formula for 3rd thursday of each month

Hello...need some help with the3rd thursday of each month but if data falls on weekend then use preceding weekday.

thank you
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barry houdini

8/22/2022 - Mon
Bill Bach

Can you tell me when the third Thursday of a month falls on a weekend?
pdvsa

Bill,  I dont understand your question.
pdvsa

or if that is too complex just let me know the 3rd thursday of each month.  I have to carry th eformula over many years.
Bill Bach

Try something like this:
=IF(DATE(\$A\$1,ROW(A1),1)-WEEKDAY(DATE(\$A\$1,ROW(A1),1),1)+5

A1 should be the year.
Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)

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pdvsa

how can I just reference the cell next to it?  I mean just add 1 month and make it a 3 rd thursday?   You mentioned A1 and the year is in the cell next to it.

hope I make sense.

Thursday, March 21, 2013      Thursday, April 25, 2013
make this one the formula...
pdvsa

oh I see now...duh.  I was thinking too much into it.
pdvsa

OK it doesnt seem to change correctly. Dont know how to explain/  It keeps repeating the same dmy....let me know thank you.

Thursday, March 14, 2013      Thursday, March 14, 2013      Thursday, March 14, 2013
pdvsa

this is the formulat I am using:
=DATE(YEAR(N32),MONTH(N32),1)+(5-WEEKDAY(DATE(YEAR(N32),MONTH(N32),1))+14)

In N32 it shows:  Thursday, March 14, 2013
pdvsa

I am dragging the formula over many columns...
Martin Liss

The 3rd Thursday of April 2013 is the 18th and not the 25th. This formula gives you that result based on what is in A1

=CEILING(EOMONTH(A1,0)+1-DAY(EOMONTH(A1,0)+1)+1-5,7)+19
pdvsa

Martin:  that worked perfectly.  My gosh that looks complicated.  Thank you.  I think I will ask to reopen question and award points to you.

let me know if there are any objections...
Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)

My suggested formula calculates correctly, for e.g. it shows 18-April-2013.

I don't know your data structure and how you want to drag the formula. If you want to drag it across, then you will need a date in each column. Or, if you want the formula to increase by one month if you drag it across, then it might be a good idea to actually mention that requirement in your question.

A1 has the start date.

B1 has this formula, which calculates the third Thursday of the month in A1

=DATE(YEAR(A1),MONTH(A1),1)+(5-WEEKDAY(DATE(YEAR(A1),MONTH(A1),1))+14)

C1 has this formula, which increments one month from the formula to the left. Drag C1 to the right.

=DATE(YEAR(AN1),MONTH(AN1)+1,1)+(5-WEEKDAY(DATE(YEAR(AN1),MONTH(AN1)+1,1))+14)

cheers, teylyn
Martin Liss

When I posted I didn't notice that the question was already answered so I don't mind if you don't reopen it.
barry houdini

>=DATE(YEAR(A1),MONTH(A1),1)+(5-WEEKDAY(DATE(YEAR(A1),MONTH(A1),1))+14)

This doesn't always give 3rd Thursday, e.g. if A1 is today it gives 13th December, which is the 2nd Thursday this month, I'd use this version

=A1-DAY(A1)+22-WEEKDAY(A1-DAY(A1)+3)

If you put that formula in A2 then you can put this formula in A3 copied down (or B2 copied across) for subsequent 3rd Thursdays, see attached

=A2+28+7*(DAY(A2+28)<15)

regards, barry
Thursdays.xls