Most calendars, depending on the size of the calendar, identify dates of significance by naming the event celebrated on a particular day. Some events are federal holidays, which means some people get the day off work, such as Independence Day. Other events are federal observance days, such as Constitution Day, which means celebrating the holiday occurs during normal work hours, with no time off from work.

In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect, which moved four federal holidays to Mondays to be celebrated, supposedly to give federal workers a three-day weekend. Do you think that increased the importance of the holiday, or decreased the importance?

The “American History Adventures” is a series of articles that will focus on the reason certain federal holidays were created. Also included in the series will be important dates in American history, even though they aren’t recognized as federal holidays.

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