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U.S. Federal Holidays

The federal government of the United States officially recognizes 11 different holidays. How many can you name?
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First submittedApril 1, 2010
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Holiday
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
Washington's Birthday
Memorial Day
Juneteenth
Independence Day
Holiday
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas
50 Comments
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Level 92
May 3, 2022
Couldn't spell Columbus correctly for a while. Finally remember Veterans day (even after Juneteenth).
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Level 88
May 4, 2022
Arguably, as of Oct. 8, 2021, it's Indigenous Peoples' Day. (What it is called probably depends a lot upon where you live.)
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Level 76
May 4, 2022
Most people out west don’t even know what day it is lol
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Level 84
May 12, 2022
But the quiz is about the Federal Government holidays, and they call it Columbus Day.
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Level 77
Jun 26, 2022
emphasis on arguably
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Level 54
Jul 5, 2022
Arguably there should have never been a Columbus Day to begin with. The man never even stepped foot in what today is the United States.
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Level 91
May 4, 2022
I have a similar quiz as one of my "Spot the Imposter" series of quizzes: Spot the Imposter - U.S. Federal Holidays
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Level 84
May 5, 2022
You may want to check the answers on your quiz. Presidents' Day is the same as Washington's Birthday.
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Level 76
May 4, 2022
It’s easy to forget Columbus Day when you live in the western US since it’s rarely even mentioned.
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Level 92
May 24, 2022
Not sure what part of the Western US you live in, but I've lived in Washington, Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Idaho, and have never come across the idea that Columbus day is unknown. If you don't hear it mentioned, perhaps the problem is with your auditory senses.
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Level 80
Jun 21, 2022
Nobody cares about Columbus Day in any part of this country from my experience. And that doesn't upset me at all.
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Level 36
May 20, 2023
New York, NJ, Philly and probably other places with a lot of Italians, they take great offense to anti-Columbus talk.
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Level 78
Jul 5, 2024
A lot of holidays are like that.
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Level 33
May 4, 2022
Should accept June 19th for Juneteenth
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Level 82
Jun 19, 2022
Should. "Juneteenth" has to be one of the dumbest names for a holiday ever.
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Level 65
Mar 20, 2024
Celebrating June
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Level 68
Jul 4, 2024
No, it makes sense. There's less to remember, I can infer when it is by the name. I am non-American for context.
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Level 83
Jul 4, 2024
How can you infer what day it is by name? Why not June 14th, or June 16th?
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Level 87
May 4, 2022
Couldn't figure out why "July 4" didn't work. Figured it out.
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Level 84
May 12, 2022
In the DC area, there is a twelfth - Inauguration Day
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Level 82
Jun 19, 2022
Huh. As a Canadian I am floored that Easter (Good Friday, Easter Sunday, etc.) doesn't figure in there anywhere. Is that... not a holiday in the US? Or is it just one that is typically assigned by the individual states?
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Level 84
Jun 19, 2022
Simply not a holiday. There may be some states that recognize it, but none that I have lived in.
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Level 69
Jun 20, 2022
A holiday: yes, A federal holiday: no
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Level 83
Jun 20, 2022
It's officially a secular country, so if anything it's a bit weird that Christmas is included. And there's no need to make Easter an official holiday, since it's always on a Sunday when the majority of people aren't working anyway.
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Level 56
Jun 21, 2022
America a secular country? That's laughable
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Level 60
Mar 20, 2024
"In God We Trust"
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Level 78
Jul 5, 2024
It officially is.
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Level 64
Jul 8, 2022
If most people celebrate Christmas then it doesn't seem weird at all that it's a holiday.
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Level 65
Mar 20, 2024
Festivus
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Level 69
Jun 19, 2022
So you’ll accept “July 4th” for independence day, but not “January 1st” or even “New Year” for New Year’s day?
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Level 68
Jun 19, 2022
Can you accept ‘Colombus’?
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Level 90
Jun 19, 2022
Nah that just looks too weird.
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Level 54
Jun 21, 2022
No, because that's not how his name was spelled.. lol
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Level 81
Dec 14, 2022
So... Colombo day anyone?
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Level 68
Jun 25, 2023
I'm so used to typing "Colombia" that I did the same thing!!
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Level 44
Jun 19, 2022
Today is Juneteenth and I still forgot about it smh
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Level 67
Jun 19, 2022
Welp, now you're canceled.
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Level 44
Jul 4, 2024
I don't know what Juneteenth even is...
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Level 61
Jun 19, 2022
Of course, the quiz is about the holidays recognized by the federal government and the official answer should be based on the name used by such, but I still feel that Indigenous People's Day should be accepted as a type-in since that's what that holiday is known as in many parts of the U.S. Of course, most people who try IPD will think to try Columbus as well, so I suppose that it's largely a moot point, but I still fell it would make sense as a type-in.
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Level 61
Jun 20, 2022
As a British person it shows the divide of the Atlantic. I have no idea about most of these (except Christmas and New Year). I also knew you had something called Thanksgiving that was something to do with Turkeys.
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Level 83
Jun 20, 2022
I find it a bit sad that a lot of the UK official holidays are just nameless bank holidays. Why not take the opportunity to celebrate something, even if only symbolically?
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Level 67
Jun 20, 2022
Thanksgiving is the best one!
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Level 53
Jul 4, 2024
Just looked at a list of uk holidays:

Early may bank holiday

Late may bank holiday

Summer bank holiday

August bank holiday and so on.

So boring.

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Level 72
Jul 4, 2024
Early May bank holiday used to be known as May Day holiday, late May bank holiday used to be known as Whit Monday, whilst Summer bank holiday and August bank holiday are the same thing. Perhaps we should name them after explorers who never set foot in the UK
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Level 56
Jun 20, 2022
Not a federal worker and I do not get: MLK, Washington's/presidents day, columbus day, Juneteenth or Veterans day off. That's 5 of 11 days (almost 50%) which we'all in the private sector do not get.
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Level 66
Oct 28, 2022
When I left the private sector to work for the government, I showed up at work on "holidays" a handful of times before I got used to the fact that we were off/closed not realizing nobody would be there. I still come in and get things done without distractions on these days sometimes.
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Level 32
Feb 27, 2023
I kept trying to put Halloween, as it is my favorite holiday, but I didn't realize that it wasn't a federal holiday.
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Level 67
Nov 6, 2023
U.S. Federal Holidays

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Not an American. Never been to the US.

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Level 58
Jul 4, 2024
Should Columbus day be turned to Indigenous People's Day?
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Level 78
Jul 5, 2024
It seems silly to me to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day. Why would indigenous people (or anyone else for that matter) want to celebrate on the day Columbus first visited the New World? Pick any other day. Even then, it seems silly to have a holiday for the first people who settled in a country. That movement just screams, "We're sorry Europeans arrived after you, and took over the land. So we'll give you a holiday as recompense." And what about the indigenous peoples who took over other indigenous peoples' areas prior to European contact? Are they absolved of any wrong-doing? Also, there were thousands of years of east Asians crossing the land bridge into North America. So which group is truly indigenous? Apparently every one of them except the most recent one. I'm not promoting Columbus Day. I'd be fine without either holiday, and many of the others.