I got the date for Labor Day wrong: It’s next weekend. I should have gotten that right, because Labor Day is one of the few holidays in the States that are universally celebrated. On the other hand, it’s lost the meaning it once had, marking the end of vacation and the beginning of the school year, as most schools started back in August.
The worst of the complicated US holidays is Washington’s Birthday. Now it’s called President’s Day in most states and is observed on the third Monday in February, merging the celebration of Washington’s (Feb 22) and Lincoln’s (Feb 12) real birthdays. Complications abound regarding which days are school-free. It’s all so very PC and giving each his due. A few die-hard states continue to celebrate their favorite president(s) whenever they feel like it. Alabama, for example, observes the day as “Washington and Jefferson Day”, even though Jefferson’s birthday was in April. Those southern whites still don’t do Lincoln. Man, isn’t that pathetic? I can’t even take delight in something so seriously un-PC. Anyway, schools often take the whole week off as a kind of mid-term break.
Really the only reason to remember most of the public holidays in the States is that sales are held on them. Any holidays around October 5? Hey, Columbus Day is October 12, heading back over.