Do You Want Leap Day to be a National Holiday?

Every four years, we are gifted with an extra day on February 29 — Leap Day. Zappos thinks that extra day is worth a whole lot and it’s petitioning the president and Congress to make Leap Day a national holiday.

Already, the e-retailer’s petition has garnered more than 5,000 signatures since its launch on Tuesday, February 23.

Zappos calls February 29 a bonus day. It backs that idea up with the fact that in some places — the UK, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, among others — Leap Day isn’t even considered a valid birthday. People born on Leap Day have to use the day before or after as their legal birthday.

Zappos has already given its employees the day off so they can use it  “as a bonus day to do good – for your community, your family, or yourself.” Even its 24-hour call center will be closed.

“Just think of what you would do with your one extra day off, every four years. Conquering your fears? Finally starting the project of your dreams?” wrote the brand in the petition. 

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a petition asking the government to declare a national holiday. We’ve seen petitions asking to make Halloween and the day after Super Bowl national holidays. We’ve seen petitions asking for holidays in honor of people, like Clara Barton and Nelson Mandela. We’ve even seen a petition for a Star Wars holiday.

We’re only a few days away from this year’s Leap Day, but don’t worry, there is plenty of time — four more years — to sign that petition.


Do you want your employer to follow Zappos lead and make Leap Day a work holiday? Or is there another change that you would like to see your employer make?

If you’re wondering what that photo is all about, it’s Leap Day William, Leap Day’s mascot as imagined by 30 Rock.

Written by
Mallory A. Russell
February 26, 2016 4:58 pm