Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Should the United States Celebrate the 4th of July?

The title sounds like I am advocating not celebrating our independence and that is not the case.  What I am saying is that if we do celebrate the founding of our country why is it not a national holiday under wage and hour law?  In other words, if the day is so important that we have parades and concerts on the National Mall, then why don't workers get the day off with pay to celebrate?

The United States is basically the only industrialized nation that does not have mandated holidays.  I can understand not having a nationalized holiday based on one religion, for example Christmas.  Or a holiday that celebrates the changing of a calendar--New Year's Day.  But days in which we celebrate our national heritage and history workers should be able to do so without loss of pay.

Just a thought, what do you think?

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