Up until 1987, the Monday after Easter was a state holiday that gave people a chance to do the things that they didn’t do on Easter Sunday such as attending baseball games, holding Easter Egg hunts or just enjoying a day off from work. According to NCPedia it was proposed so that members of the General Assembly could attend the annual baseball game between NC State and Wake Forest University, which at that time was located in the town of Wake Forest in northern Wake County, but of course no paper records exist of the reasoning behind bringing this about.
A search of the 1935 General Assembly session minutes shows that this bill, which was S.B. 483 which included not only declaring the Monday after Easter as a state holiday, but also declares Decoration Day (which later became Memorial Day) a legal holiday to be celebrated on the 30th of May.
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Where did I get my information today?
“Easter Monday Holiday” Williford, Jo Ann 2006, NCPedia The University of North Carolina Press. http://ncpedia.org/easter-monday-holiday. Accessed April 5, 2015
“Chapter 212 – An Act to Amend Section Three Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty Nine of the Consolidated Statutes so as to make Easter Monday and Decoration Day Legal Holidays” NC General Assembly 1935 Session. Chapter 212, page 227. Accessed via NCPedia on April 5, 2015.