Wednesday, July 4, 2018
When Did Independence Day Become a Federal Holiday?
The other day, I went into our local bank and did some transactions. They always have a question up on a board and I like to guess the answer. The question was, "In what year did the 4th of July become a federal holiday?"
Answer possibilities: 1776, 1870, 1938, 1941
I thought and thought.
I thought perhaps 1870, but, maybe not That was about the time we were getting into Decoration Day, now memorial Day.
I knew it wasn't 1776.
That left 1938 and 1941. A real hard call.
In 1870, it became a federal highway, but unpaid. In 1941 it became a federal holiday with federal emplyees being paid.
So, the answer was 1941, just before we went to war.