Monday, July 10, 2017
Sunset over Utah Valley
We spent the evening on the Saturday before the Fourth of July sitting on the hillside above the Utah Valley watching the sunset and waiting for the numerous fireworks shows. Yes, Utah folks celebrate holidays at different times than the rest of the world. Saturday was the 1st of July, but all the fireworks were actually for the Fourth. For many holidays in the United States, we celebrate on a Monday irrespective of the actual date of the traditional holiday. In fact, we now have two holidays that are officially on Monday and the date changes every year. In Utah, the reasons for changing the dates of the holidays are complex. The only holidays that still get completely celebrated on the traditional day Christmas and the 24th of July. Figure that out. Utah does celebrate Thanksgiving, Memorial Day and Labor Day on the days set aside that change every year, but the rest are up for grabs.