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Php Date Omit Bank Holidays

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Hi,

I have this code to search for working days during a date range.

function getWorkingDays($startDate, $endDate) {

        $businessDays = array();
        $businessDaysInWeek = range(1,5);      // Only Monday to Friday

        // Decompose the provided dates.        
        list($startYear, $startMonth, $startDay) = explode('-', $startDate);
        list($endYear, $endMonth, $endDay) = explode('-', $endDate);

        // Create our start and end timestamps.
        $startStamp = mktime(1, 1, 1, $startMonth, $startDay, $startYear);
        $endStamp = mktime(1, 1, 1, $endMonth, $endDay, $endYear);

        // Check each day in turn.
        for($loop=$startStamp; $loop<=$endStamp; $loop+=86400) {
            if(in_array(date('N', $loop), $businessDaysInWeek)) {

                // You'll also want to omit bank holidays, etc. in here.

                $businessDays[] = date('Y-m-d', $loop);
            }
        }

        return $businessDays;
    }
	
	$month = getWorkingDays('2016-11-01','2016-11-30');

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It has the section

// You'll also want to omit bank holidays, etc. in here.

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I'm lost as to how I add the bank holiday dates into this section, please help.

Thanks Simon
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This is a well-understood design pattern.  Your weekend days both start with "S" so it's easy to remove them from the collection.  For the other, date-specific holidays, you add them separately according to the rules that determine the holiday.  For example, Christmas is always December 25, USA Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November, etc.  These rules are easy to implement.  Please see Practical Application #9 in this article:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/20920/Handling-Time-and-Date-in-PHP-and-MySQL-OOP-Version.html
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Brilliant thanks
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Thanks for the points -- it's a great question!

All the best, ~Ray
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