Why is Labor Day on a Monday?

Posted on September 04, 2012

By Sherri Simmons, President and CEO

I do not like Monday holidays and never have.  But I do like Friday holidays a lot.  And I’ve always wondered why holidays such as Labor Day and Memorial Day are on Mondays instead of Fridays.  So, I Googled it.  And guess what?  There is actually a Uniform Monday Holiday Act that establishes the observance of certain holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday; Memorial Day; Columbus Day; Labor Day; and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This Act provides federal employees (and others) with a number of long weekends.  While this is all well and good – I wish Congress had established the Uniform Friday Holiday Act instead.  With Monday holidays it feels like I’m playing catch up all week.

Friday holidays are so much better.  If you know you are going to be off on a Friday, it’s easier to plan.  You get your work done – and then RECESS.  Yay.

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