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View Poll Results: What additional most important Public/Federal holidays should the U.S. observe?
Epiphany - Jan 6 > Christian holiday 3 8.82%
Good Friday - Friday before Easter 12 35.29%
Easter - variable date 9 26.47%
St. Patrick's Day - Mar 17 > Irish holiday 3 8.82%
Earth Day - Apr 22 4 11.76%
Cinco de Mayo - May 5 > Mexican holiday 3 8.82%
Flag Day - Jun 14 8 23.53%
Patriot Day - Sep 11 11 32.35%
Constitution/Citizenship Day - Sep 17 4 11.76%
Rosh Hashanah - Sep or Oct > Jewish holiday 1 2.94%
Yom Kippur - Sep or Oct > Jewish holiday 3 8.82%
Halloween - Oct 31 1 2.94%
Election Day - 1st Tues after the 1st Mon in Nov 12 35.29%
Black Friday - Day after Thanksgiving 2 5.88%
Hanukkah - Dec > Jewish holiday 3 8.82%
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - Dec 7 5 14.71%
Boxing Day/St. Stephen Day - Dec 26 5 14.71%
Kwanzaa - Dec 26 - Jan 1 > African-American holiday 0 0%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 34. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-06-2010, 11:33 PM
 
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:21 AM
 
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Possibilities for "other days."

Cesar Chavez Day (March 31): Possibly he has some downsides, but with the growing Hispanic population it could give something equivalent to Martin Luther King Day.

Von Steuben Day (September 17): Celebration of Prussian figure in the American Revolutionary War, Baron Von Steuben, and also a celebration of German-American culture. Already celebrated, it seems, in New York City and Chicago. Plus kids can learn some history.

Casimir Pulaski Day (First Monday of March) or General Pulaski Memorial Day (October 11): Celebration of Polish figure in the American Revolution and also of Polish America. One or the other is already celebrated in Chicago, Grand Rapids, New York City, and parts of Wisconsin. As with the above it gives some history.

Leif Erikson Day (October 9): Celebrate the man who discovered America, well the Canada part of ot anyway.
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Old 01-07-2010, 04:38 AM
 
Location: MichOhioigan
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However Americans take less time off than just about anyone so why not have some silly made-up holidays?
True. But I guess ideally I would rather have X amount of personal days or vacation days and be able to use them when I wish.
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:58 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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True. But I guess ideally I would rather have X amount of personal days or vacation days and be able to use them when I wish.
Good point.

Anyway looking on the above things I named I guess Chavez Day and Pulaski's birthday are "winners" in a way as we don't really have anything in March. At least it seems sensible to pick a month not full of holidays. Although maybe there's a logic in picking a month already full of holidays to make an extended holiday month. In that case maybe something in December. Like "Zamenhoff Day", a day to celebrate Esperanto. It might be fun for the non-theists. Listen to Esperanto songs and give international gifts.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:12 AM
 
Location: MichOhioigan
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Good point.

Anyway looking on the above things I named I guess Chavez Day and Pulaski's birthday are "winners" in a way as we don't really have anything in March. At least it seems sensible to pick a month not full of holidays. Although maybe there's a logic in picking a month already full of holidays to make an extended holiday month. In that case maybe something in December. Like "Zamenhoff Day", a day to celebrate Esperanto. It might be fun for the non-theists. Listen to Esperanto songs and give international gifts.
I don't think there are any in August. We need to find or invent some days to get that month covered. Does Back-to-school count as a holiday?
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:30 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I don't think there are any in August. We need to find or invent some days to get that month covered. Does Back-to-school count as a holiday?
Hell yes... for parents at least, not so sure it ranks as high for the kids though .

Wouldn't count for Michigan though, as schools don't start until after Labor Day which is in September every year.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:57 AM
 
Location: MichOhioigan
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Hell yes... for parents at least, not so sure it ranks as high for the kids though .

Wouldn't count for Michigan though, as schools don't start until after Labor Day which is in September every year.
Well we could move Labor Day to August or Sept 1st. and have a Labor Day's Eve and then a Back-to-School Day following Labor Day. If we stretch this out and include a weekend maybe we can get about 5 days off in a row.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Well I think we have enough holidays but if we're going to add another one I'd definitely say election day. True some schools are off that day but not all and it'd be nice to have that day off and more people would probably vote if that was a holiday.
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Old 01-07-2010, 04:46 PM
 
Location: East Bay
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The day after Thanksgiving should be a holiday, but the rest are no good. Going the other way, I think we should eliminate Columbus, President's, and MLK Day.
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:03 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Many schools and other businesses are off for election day.
I'd like another three day weekend in the summer. I like Canada's "Civic Holiday", the first w/e in August. I don't know what we'd call it, though. August 1 is Colorado Day, but I haven't worked anywhere where we got that day off in a long time (did once at a health dept, but then they dropped it).
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