Take the Leap: Make February 29th a National Holiday

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Take the Leap!

We’re calling on the President and Congress to make Leap Day a federal holiday.
The holiday would occur every four years on Leap Day, or the work day closest to it (Friday if Leap Day is on Saturday, Monday if Leap Day is on Sunday). Currently in the US, we have 10 federal holidays when federal employees and many employees throughout the country can enjoy the day off to spend with family, friends, or just enjoy the day away from work. Those holidays are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Washington’s Birthday (Presidents Day), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Every four years, most federal employees also get Inauguration Day off to celebrate a new president.

The President can declare a one-time federal holiday by way of executive order. Creating a new federal holiday for good will require Congressional approval.

This year, Zappos is leading the charge by giving February 29, 2016 back to employees by giving them an extra day off. If you believe Leap Day should be a national holiday, sign the petition today!

Why do we want Leap Day to be a national holiday?
Because it makes sense! It’s that extra 366th day in the year, it only happens once every four years, and we want to give that day back to the PEOPLE. In some places, including the UK, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Leap Day isn’t even considered a valid birthday and legal birthdays of “leaplings” are either on February 28 or March 1. Leap Day is a bonus day, and it should be used as a bonus day to do good - for your community, your family, or yourself.

When is Leap Day?
Monday, February 29, 2016
Saturday, February 29, 2020 (designating Friday as the national day off)
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Tuesday, February 29, 2028
Sunday, February 29, 2032 (designating Monday as the national day off)
Friday, February 29, 2036
Wednesday, February 29, 2040

What are you doing with your Leap Day?
See these stories of people who inspire us, who are going to use the day to Take the Leap! If you’re inspired, we invite you to #taketheleap with us.

How can I help?
1. Sign the petition!
2. Contact Your Senator & Representative in Congress (search by ZIP code): https://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
3. Contact the President: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
4. Contact Your State Governor: https://www.usa.gov/state-governor
5. Contact Your Mayor: http://www.usmayors.org/meetmayors/mayorsatglance.asp

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