Government-Mandated Three Day Weekends

A departure from the original “No Business Transacted” rule surrounding Legal Holidays, the move for uniform Monday holidays was primarily commercial, as three-day weekends provided a boost for the travel industry.

You can’t say the government didn’t do anything for you! In 1968, Congress signed into law the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved the dates of five holidays (Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day) to designated Mondays. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act was designed to increase the number of three-day weekends for federal employees. Even though Veterans Day was later moved to the fixed date of November 11, the remaining three-day weekends still exist, providing “substantial benefits to both the spiritual life and economic life of the Nation,” as Congress predicted when the law originally passed.

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