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Opinion: Quest for more three-day weekends

Ken Johnson
Free Press Opinion Columnist

There are days when I wonder why we don’t have more three-day holiday weekends. Shoot, it’s a lot more entertaining than an ordinary weekend or a Sunday holiday.

Lucky for us, this weekend features three days of fun. July Fourth, our famous Independence Day, will be on a Friday this year, so it’s an automatic three-day event, right?

Labor Day weekend is also three days — Aug. 30-31, plus Monday, Sept. 1. It’s a nice time to put away summer toys, get back to school, back to work, and back to politics.


We missed a great opportunity in early June unfortunately. It got a lot of air time and printer’s ink, but no one suggested that D-Day on June 6 should be a national day of remembrance. It was on a Friday this year and would have made a swell three-day celebration. Can we push to make this happen next June?

We also missed a big opportunity a few weeks back: FFF Day. Yep, 3-F Day in June.

This past Friday the 13th was but the first “F” of a big weekend, because Saturday, June 14, was Flag Day (“F” No. 2). It was followed by Father’s Day on Sunday, June 15, which of course would be “F” No. 3.

We’re currently a bit holiday shy until Monday, Oct. 13 — Columbus Day. Another natural! Then of course it’s Halloween with Oct. 31 landing on Friday for yet another three-day weekend of potential fun.

We need more time off, don’t we? Let’s see if we can promote more holidays, packaged right.

GJ Free Press columnist Ken Johnson is founder of the Grand Junction Free Press and former owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel. He spends his time between the Grand Valley and California.

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