This function seems to only return false. Are any of you getting the same? I'm sure I'm overlooking something, however, fresh eyes and all that ...

function isweekend($date){
    $date = strtotime($date);
    $date = date("l", $date);
    $date = strtolower($date);
    echo $date;
    if($date == "saturday" || $date == "sunday") {
        return "true";
    } else {
        return "false";

I call the function using the following:

$isthisaweekend = isweekend('2011-01-01');

Solution 1

If you have PHP >= 5.1:

function isWeekend($date) {
    return (date('N', strtotime($date)) >= 6);


function isWeekend($date) {
    $weekDay = date('w', strtotime($date));
    return ($weekDay == 0 || $weekDay == 6);

Solution 2

Another way is to use the DateTime class, this way you can also specify the timezone. Note: PHP 5.3 or higher.

// For the current date
function isTodayWeekend() {
    $currentDate = new DateTime("now", new DateTimeZone("Europe/Amsterdam"));
    return $currentDate->format('N') >= 6;

If you need to be able to check a certain date string, you can use DateTime::createFromFormat

function isWeekend($date) {
    $inputDate = DateTime::createFromFormat("d-m-Y", $date, new DateTimeZone("Europe/Amsterdam"));
    return $inputDate->format('N') >= 6;

The beauty of this way is that you can specify the timezone without changing the timezone globally in PHP, which might cause side-effects in other scripts (for ex. Wordpress).

Solution 3

If you're using PHP 5.5 or PHP 7 above, you may want to use:

function isTodayWeekend() {
    return in_array(date("l"), ["Saturday", "Sunday"]);

and it will return "true" if today is weekend and "false" if not.

Solution 4


function isweekend($year, $month, $day)
    $time = mktime(0, 0, 0, $month, $day, $year);
    $weekday = date('w', $time);
    return ($weekday == 0 || $weekday == 6);

Solution 5

The working version of your code (from the errors pointed out by BoltClock):

$date = '2011-01-01';
$timestamp = strtotime($date);
$weekday= date("l", $timestamp );
$normalized_weekday = strtolower($weekday);
echo $normalized_weekday ;
if (($normalized_weekday == "saturday") || ($normalized_weekday == "sunday")) {
    echo "true";
} else {
    echo "false";


The stray "{" is difficult to see, especially without a decent PHP editor (in my case). So I post the corrected version here.

Solution 6

For guys like me, who aren't minimalistic, there is a PECL extension called "intl". I use it for idn conversion since it works way better than the "idn" extension and some other n1 classes like "IntlDateFormatter".

Well, what I want to say is, the "intl" extension has a class called "IntlCalendar" which can handle many international countries (e.g. in Saudi Arabia, sunday is not a weekend day). The IntlCalendar has a method IntlCalendar::isWeekend for that. Maybe you guys give it a shot, I like that "it works for almost every country" fact on these intl-classes.

EDIT: Not quite sure but since PHP 5.5.0, the intl extension is bundled with PHP (--enable-intl).

Solution 7

This works for me and is reusable.

function isThisDayAWeekend($date) {

    $timestamp = strtotime($date);

    $weekday= date("l", $timestamp );

    if ($weekday =="Saturday" OR $weekday =="Sunday") { return true; } 
    else {return false; }


Solution 8

As opposed to testing the explicit day of the week string or number, you can also test using the relative date this weekday of the supplied date.

A direct comparison between the values is not possible without a workaround, as the use of weekday resets the time of the supplied date to 00:00:00.0000.

DateTimeInterface objects

$date->setTime(0, 0, 0) != $date->modify('this weekday');

DateTimeInterface Method

A simple method to implement to ensure the supplied date object is not changed.

function isWeekend(DateTimeInterface $date): bool
    if ($date instanceof DateTime) {
        $date = DateTimeImmutable::createFromMutable($date);

    return $date->setTime(0,0,0) != $date->modify('this weekday');

isWeekend(new DateTimeImmutable('Sunday')); //true

strtotime method

With strtotime you can compare with the date('Yz') format. If the Yz value changes between the supplied date and this weekday, the supplied date is not a weekday.

function isWeekend(string $date): bool
    return date('Yz', strtotime($dateValue)) != date('Yz', strtotime($dateValue . ' this weekday'));

isWeekend('Sunday'); //true


$sunday = new DateTimeImmutable('Sunday');
foreach (new DatePeriod($sunday, new DateInterval('P1D'), 6) as $date) {
    echo $date->format('D') . ' is' . (isWeekend($date) ? '' : ' not') . ' a weekend';


Sun is a weekend
Mon is not a weekend
Tue is not a weekend
Wed is not a weekend
Thu is not a weekend
Fri is not a weekend
Sat is a weekend