Beer company pushes for new U.S. Holiday
March 2nd, 2014
12:36 AM ET

Beer company pushes for new U.S. Holiday

How would you like an extra day off work? Well, you could get it if Budweiser has its way.

The beer company has petitioned the White House to make Opening Day of the major league baseball season a federal holiday.

So far, the petition has picked up more than 45,000 signatures – from across the country – and even though they'll need 100,000 by March 26th for the White House to even consider it – Budweiser is pretty confident.

But, do we really need another holiday in this country?

There are arguments for both sides.

Because, in addition to the 10 existing federal holidays, there are also a number of state holidays – official and unofficial – so some American workers get as many as a dozen holidays each year. And that's not even including paid vacation days.

Of course, compared to other countries, 10 federal holidays is nothing.

Take a look at this list of public holidays in other countries. As you can see the U.S. is way down on the list.

So is it time for a new federal holiday? Should it be Opening Day? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    It's a fun idea, generally speaking... but perhaps the opening Friday of March Madness maybe more appropriate? If you could've seen the local sports bar during people's "lunch break" this week going into the Mercer upset of Duke, or try to quantify how much bandwith throughout corporate America was clogged up with livestreams & IM's by employees, it could be a nice gesture & a big win (in terms of employee morale & things like "Best Places to Work") for companies to make it a half day, provided everyone gets their stuff done.

    March 23, 2014 at 11:23 am | Reply
  2. Manoj Bhatt

    It is a good idea to get Opening day of MLB as holiday but there is not much of excitement on first day except for the players. Better suggestion would be day after SuperBawl and day after Oscar's. Millions of people watch SuperBawl and Oscar's and it's always a problem in getting up next day. If you partied on SuperBawl day, it's always problem driving. For the safety purpose it's better idea to have day after SuperBawl and day after Oscar's.

    March 3, 2014 at 7:20 am | Reply

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