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Bank Holiday

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In England there are typically six "bank holidays"—weekdays when the banks are closed for business: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Early May Bank Holidays, Spring Bank Holiday (in late May), August (or Summer) Bank Holiday, Christmas, and Boxing Day. These official public holidays were established by law in 1871 and are traditionally spent at local fairgrounds.
In the United States, the Great Depression of 1929 had caused many people to withdraw their savings, and the banks had trouble meeting the demand. In February 1933 the Detroit banks failed and this caused a country-wide panic. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed his first full day in office (March 6, 1933) a national "Bank Holiday" to help save the country's banking system. The "holiday" actually lasted 10 days, during which "scrip" (paper currency in denominations of less than a dollar) temporarily replaced real money in many American households.
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, pp. 91, 146
DictDays-1988, pp. 6, 8
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I suppose eventually we could see a return to Bank Holiday Monday chaos," continued Lorimer, "but at the moment, believe it or not, it's actually a great day to visit with lower queues almost guaranteed
AccessBus, Metro's door-to-door, dial-a-ride service for people unable to use conventional bus services will run as normal today and Sunday but will not run on Bank Holiday Monday.
Stephanie said: "After the huge success of the street party in May, the fun continues on the High Street and Yorke Street, on Bank Holiday Monday August 30 - so don't miss out - come and join in and support your town, and enjoy a street party to remember.
THE Bank Holiday Monday (Aug 31) offer in Silk's restaurant at Chepstow is a Welsh lamb roast meal for an adult and child for pounds 40, including premier enclosure admission, reserved table and raceday programme.
Traffic on Bank Holiday Monday is expected to be 10 per cent busier than it was on May Day Bank Holiday Monday.
But the London Weather Centre warned: "All parts of the UK can expect some rain on Bank Holiday Monday and it could be heavy in places.
The Scottish Executive's licensing bosses are to discuss a blanket two-hour extension to opening hours on the Bank Holiday Monday of June 3.
IWAS in a cardriving through Belfast on Bank Holiday Monday, taking in the lovely day that was in it when I noticed the marathon.
Met Oce forecasters are predicting variable weather over the coming days with Saturday expected to be cool with sunshine and scattered heavy showers, followed by a mostly 'ne and dry Sunday, and an unsettled Bank Holiday Monday, with rain spreading east.
A LIFEBOAT crew is warning about the danger of the tides around a South Wales island after they were called out twice to rescue nine stranded holiday makers over the Bank Holiday weekend The volunteer team at Penarth lifeboat station were called out to Sully Island on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday after the incoming tide cut off visitors to the island.
1 The Enchanted Garden, Bank Holiday Monday and Tuesday, Erddig, Wrexham, 11am-4pm Fun workshops where families can make fairy and pixie wings, magic wands, jewellery and druids clowns.
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