February 18, 2017

What's Up with so Many 3-day Weekends?

"The Long Weekend" seems to be as American as apple pie. Americans may not think so, as we (me included) are so used to them. But, talking to people in India who work on global teams with Americans, many find the three day weekend an alluring idea. 

Of course, many of the holidays that create these long weekends are moved specifically to create the three day respite rather than having a day off mid week, which would stifle productivity, I guess.  

The three day weekend became common place less than 50 years ago in 1971. The holidays that were moved to Monday under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act were/are: 
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, the 3rd Monday of January, originally January 15
  • Washington's Birthday (Presidents Day), 3rd Monday of February, originally February February 22
  • Memorial Day, last Monday in May, originally May 30
  • Labor Day, first Monday in September 
  • Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in October, observed in some states on October 12 

The only holiday that was initially added to this Act, but then removed was Veterans Day

Learn more about this Act on Wikipedia or by watching the video below. 

Related Posts: 
American Holidays Throughout the Year 
The confusing American vacation 

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