As far as National days go, we can’t think of a better one than National Happy Hour Day! So pop the bottles open, kickback, relax and throw yourself into the festivities this dreary Monday (we do recommend celebrations commencing after work, and not during!)
National Happy Hour Day is celebrated annually on November 12th. The words "happy" and "hour" have appeared together for centuries when describing pleasant times. In act I, scene 2 of William Shakespeare's King Henry V says, "Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour/That may give furtherance to our expedition..." The use of the phrase "happy hour," to refer to a scheduled period of entertainment. The term “Happy Hour” was coined in the U.S. Navy during the 1920’s as a euphemism for ship board entertainment involving alcohol. Today, the American bar scene celebrates “Happy Hour” daily with discounted drink specials, usually between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00pm, except where prohibited by law. In Europe, many countries strictly regulate the price of a serving of alcohol, so customers may be served a double pour rather than a discount on a single order.
Happy Hour in the USA
- Massachusetts was one of the first U.S. states to implement a statewide ban on happy hours in 1984. Other U.S. states also have similar restrictions, including Indiana and North Carolina. The reason for each ban varies, but most are for safety and health reasons.
- In 1984, the U.S. military abolished happy hours at military base clubs.
- In 2011, the Utah State Legislature passed a ban on happy-hours, effective January 1, 2012.
- In July 2011, Pennsylvania extended the period of time for happy hour from two hours to four hours.
- In June 2012, happy hour became legal in Kansas after a 26-year ban.
- In July 2015, a 25-year happy hour ban was ended in Illinois.
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