by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne
Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, July 30, 2006. In this charming Sunday page, Dot has written the backstory for a new holiday. Likely inspired by Disney’s “Little Mermaid,” she created a legend where the Great Mermaid brings presents to kids all over the world inside a giant whale.  This happens every year on the first Sunday of August. There is a stretch of months between the spring and the fall when there are no gift-receiving opportunities for kids.  We thought it would be fun to invent “Aquafest” to fill this void. Here is a list of all the major annual holidays. 2019 Federal holidays: New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1 Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.: Monday, January 21 Birthday of George Washington (President’s Day): Monday, February 18 Memorial Day: Monday, May 27 Independence Day: Thursday, July 4 Labor Day: Monday, September 2 Columbus Day: Monday, October 14 Veterans Day: Monday, November 11 Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28 Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25 Other important holidays to note that you don’t get off for: Groundhog Day: Saturday, February 2 Valentine’s Day: Thursday, February 14 Saint Patrick’s Day: Sunday, March 17 Tax Day: Monday, April 15 Good Friday: Friday, April 19 Easter: Sunday, April 21 Cinco de Mayo: Sunday, May 5 Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 12 Father’s Day: Sunday, June 16 Halloween: Thursday, October 31 Black Friday: Friday, November 29 Come back next week for another classic episode from 2006. – Brian Walker

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