There is 10 US Federally recognized holidays and about 5 other Holidays we actually celebrate as a whole in the US. Like Easter, Halloween, Earth Day, St Patrick’s, and Valentine’s day.
Since 1870, more than 1,100 different proposals have been introduced in Congress to establish permanent federal holidays. Only 10, however, have been approved and are active.
Here is the 10 and the dates they started:
New Year’s Day – 1870
Independence Day – 1870
Thanksgiving Day – 1870
Christmas Day – 1870
These where called the first holidays and were made by a handful of business and bankers. Thanksgiving was never about Columbus or even the new world. It was about eating. Here the exact words used in the declaration:
Any day appointed or recommended by the President of the United States as a day of public fasting or thanksgiving [were] to be holidays within the District.” This legislation was drafted “to correspond with similar laws of States around the District,” and “in every State of the Union.”
Blah blah blah, so it should be about food. Or I think it should be called: Family day. Think about it, who wouldn’t come home and visit family on family day?
Here is the rest:
Washington’s Birthday – 1879 (Interestingly enough this was just to give bankers a day off.)
Memorial Day – 1888
Labor Day – 1894
Veterans Day – 1938
Columbus Day – 1968
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – 1983
I understand most of them, but what’s strange is how none have changed or any new ones have been added other than one in the last 80 years.
You have 7 made in the last 30 years of the 1800’s and the three made in the 1900’s were spread out. It’s now 2015, we haven’t had a new holiday in 33 years.
In a time when war is has been going on for decades in a row, corporate, and political corruption is at an all time high. You would think we can at least get a decent fricken holiday we can really enjoy.
We all respect MLK Jr., but I’m not going to party on his birthday. That’s just weird.
Columbus day, cmon, this shouldn’t even be a holiday. Everyone by know has to know this guy was a rapist, psychopathic, murderer.
I always take a second to give respect to Veterans and the Labor force. But again not something I can relate too. I don’t really labor and I don’t believe in the wars we have been fighting. I do respect the Military and Veterans but can I relate, no. Please don’t mistake not agreeing with wars with not respecting the military. I do respect them 100%.
Christmas, nope. Not religious.
Thanksgiving, I just think of a bunch Indians minding their own business getting slaughtered. I blame Last of the Mohicans and Dances with wolves for this.
Washington’s Birthday, I mean he sounds great and I love the constitution. But again something I can relate too. No
Now let me say, New Years and 4th of July is great. I can relate to letting the old go and celebrating making it to another year on the 1st. The 4th is great, we fought our asses off to declare independence from Europe so we can have freedom. A little odd that Europe has more freedom then us now. Regardless, we still won the war! Sweet.
So that’s two holidays I can sink my teeth into, both made in 1870.
My (very very little) point is that for people like me and I know there is at least 7 out there need a new holiday we can really feel good about.
I have 4 rants here, I will label them in order.
1 – He is my New Holiday proposals.
- Meditation day – A day where everyone takes a second to think about how fudged up they are. I would really relate to this.
- Party day – Yeah a day to celebrate partying and life. Would be awesome.
- Peace day – Not sure if could really get down on Peace day but it would feel really good that our government that starts more battles than John Wayne nationally recognized peace, It will also be pretty awesome.
- Small Business Day – Take a day off to celebrate small business owners. I would dig it.
2- I would like to change some holidays.
Christmas should be: Presents day
Thanksgiving should be: Family day
Columbus day should be: Meditation day
3- Nationally recognize better holidays holidays.
Let’s get Valentines in there. Celebrating love is a little more important than Columbus. In fact you could say love is the most important thing in the world. If you need change it from some religious persons name then make it: Love Day
4 – All these Religious tags adding to old Pagen holidays and made national is ridiculous. These are not even christian holidays, they are Pagen. Changed out of ignorance from a couple business and banker men that have no idea what the difference is.
The Irony is celebrating Washington’s birthday who wrote the separation of church and state. Then adding a bunch of religious holidays to the government is a joke.
How is an intelligent person suppose to take our government seriously when obvious Hypocrisy and ignorance.
I’m not saying don’t celebrate your god with your holiday, I’m just saying don’t make it a national rule. That is not separating church in state.
Yes, I know.
I am sure this post will go straight to the white house and they will make the changes right away.
Anyways, thanks for reading, and try not get too sensitive over religion leaving the state, it does not lesson it anymore or make it less important to you. It’s just a way to keep things fair for the people that are not religious or worship one of the other 112 nationally recognized religions in the US.