If there is two things American’s love, it’s watching the Super Bowl and getting a day off from work. If you’re a fan of either of these things, then you’re in luck as a White House petition has been started that urges President Obama to move President’s Day to the Monday following the Super Bowl rather than some random Monday in February.
President’s Day is currently celebrated on the third Monday in February. While formally known as Washington’s Birthday, this federal holiday has been commonly celebrated as President’s Day for decades. Therefore, it is not necessary to observe the more generic President’s Day on this date. Since the Super Bowl has become an annual event celebrated by most Americans on a Sunday evening in early February, President’s Day should be observed on the following day to give our citizens extra rest and to help lift our spirits.
This petition is brilliant for a number of reasons, chief among them being the fact that no one’s trying to mask the fact that President’s Day would essentially become National Hangover Day. But while that sounds like it’s disrespectful to George Washington, it’s actually a really good and safe idea.
Think about how many people drink on an average weekend. Now think about how many people drink on the average Super Bowl weekend and you begin to see why this wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world. The Monday following the Super Bowl is one of the most unproductive Monday’s every year in America, so just making it a Holiday is almost a technicality at this point.
Besides, if you deem moving George Washington’s birthday to the Monday after the Super Bowl disrespectful, then we better get some parades that day or something. When was the last time anyone seriously cared when George Washington was born? I was in elementary school and the coolest thing about GW’s birthday was that I didn’t have school.
Now, as grown adults, the coolest thing about George Washington’s birthday is we don’t have to work — well most of us anyways.
American’s haven’t come up with very many good ideas lately but moving President’s Day to the Monday after the Super Bowl doesn’t only make sense but it’s the best idea we’ve had in quite some time.