Excel: How to Find the First Friday of Each Month


You can use the following formula in Excel to find the first Friday of a given month:

=A2-DAY(A2)+8-WEEKDAY(A2-DAY(A2)+2)

This particular example returns the first Friday of the month for the date in cell A2.

The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.

Example: Find First Friday of Month in Excel

Suppose we have the following list of dates in Excel:

We can type the following formula into cell B2 to find the first Friday of the month for the date in cell A2:

=A2-DAY(A2)+8-WEEKDAY(A2-DAY(A2)+2)

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column B:

Excel find first Friday of month

Column B now contains the date of the first Friday of each month in column A.

For example, the first date of 1/1/2023 contains the month of January for 2023.

We can confirm that 1/6/2023 is indeed the first Friday of this month by referring to a calendar:

Similarly, the next date of 2/1/2023 contains the month of February for 2023.

We can confirm that 2/3/2023 is indeed the first Friday of this month by referring to a calendar:

We can confirm that each date in column B indeed represents the first Friday of the month for each corresponding date in column A.

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Excel:

Excel: How to Find the First Monday of Each Month
Excel: How to Find the First Sunday of Each Month
Excel: How to Convert Numbers 1-12 to Month Name

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