Public holidays had their origins from established federal holidays that were what?
A: Enacted by Congress.
They were typically observed on days that have significance for whom?
A: Various sectors of American society.
Public holidays are typically derived from the history,
religion and the cultures of the U.S. demographics and have done what?
A: Changed over time.
Observances of holidays are most commonly observed with what?
A: Paid time off.
They are however not mandated by what?
A: Any government, agencies, whether it be federal, state, or local governments.
There are no national holidays on which all businesses are what?
A: Closed by law.
Federal holidays are only established for certain federally chartered and regulated businesses (such as federal banks), and for where?
A: Washington, D.C.
All other public holidays are created by whom?
A: The States.
Most states also allow whom to establish their own local holidays?
A: Local jurisdictions (cities, villages, etc.)
As a result, holidays have not historically been what?
A: Governed at the federal level and federal law does not govern business opening.
Where can some businesses not open on Thanksgiving Day?
A: In some New England states if the businesses operated on more than 5000 square feet of space.
The most notable businesses to close on such occasions are what?
A: Car dealerships and establishments selling alcohol.
As of 2012, there were how many federal holidays in the United States?
A: Eleven, ten annual holidays and one quadrennial holiday (Inauguration Day).
Pursuant to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of
1968 (effective 1971), official holidays are observed on a Monday, except for what?
A: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
While all current federal holidays have also been made public holidays in all 50 states for federal organizations, each state is not bound to observe what?
A: The holidays on the same dates as the federal holidays.
Many states also have additional holidays that are not what?
A: Observed by the U.S. federal government.
Many businesses likewise observe certain holidays as well, which are also not mandated by what?
A: Any government agency.
In light of recent race issues in the United States, many municipalities both at the city and state levels have begun celebrating what?
A: Malcolm X Day and Rosa Parks Day in addition to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Who does Missouri honor on her birthday?
A: Rosa Parks.
Today, the United States is the 85th most what?
A: Ethnically diverse country in the world.
While the popularity of each public holiday cannot easily be measured, the holiday with the highest greeting card sales is what?
Major retail establishments such as malls, shopping centers and most retail stores close only on what?
A: Thanksgiving and Christmas and some on
Easter Sunday as well.
In the face of a rapidly tightening retail market in the 2010s, retailers have been increasingly opening when?
A: On Thanksgiving to extend the holiday shopping season.
Virtually all companies observe and close on what major holidays?
A: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Some non-retail businesses are not allowed to do what?
A: They are not allowed to close on the day after Thanksgiving.
Some smaller businesses normally open on Sunday will close on Easter Sunday, if it is what?
A: Their experience that they will have very few customers that day.
How many Christmas cards are sold each year?
A: About 6.5 billion cards per year or $8 billion annual sales.
Christmas is also known for having the second highest what?
A: Church attendance.
Major symbols of this holiday are what?
A: The Christmas tree and Christmas music.
Christmas is the celebration of what?
A: Jesus Christ's birth.
One sixth of all the turkeys eaten annually are eaten around what holiday?
The thanksgiving holiday accounts for 46 million turkeys, compared with how many consumed on Christmas?
A: 22 million, and 19 million on Easter.
Mother's Day is known for having the strongest restaurant sales, even compared with what other holiday?
A: Valentine's Day.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a typical warm
weather destination for students on what?
A: Spring break.
Panama City Beach, Florida is also another destination for whom?
A: Spring breakers.
K-12 public schools generally observe local, state, and federal holidays, plus additional days off around when?
A: Thanksgiving, the period from before Christmas until after New Year's Day, a spring break (usually a week in April) and sometimes a winter break (a week in February or March).
Two or three days per year are sometimes devoted to what?
A: Professional development for teachers and students have the day off.
Most colleges and universities divide the school year into how many semesters?
The fall semester often begins the day after what?
A: Labor Day in early September and runs until mid-December.
The spring semester typically starts in the middle or end of what?
A: January and runs until May.
Spring break is usually when?
A: A week in March or early April.
Unscheduled weather-related cancellations and emergency cancellations can also affect what?
A: School calendars.
Both federal and state government employees generally observe the same what?
A: Federal holidays.
U.S. banks generally observe the federal holidays because of their reliance on what?
A: The U.S. Federal Reserve for certain activities such as wire transfers and ACH transactions.
For example, JP Morgan Chase observes all federal holidays except what?
A: Columbus Day, while U.S. Bank observes all of them.
The New York Stock Exchange also closely follows the federal holidays except for what?
A: Columbus Day.
The agency also has extra holidays on what days?
A: The day before Independence Day and Good Friday.
Fewer than half the states recognize what holiday?
A: Columbus Day.