Mar 29, 2024 - News

The weirdest holidays Polis has proclaimed

Photo illustration of Governor Jared Polis blowing a party favor and wearing a party hat.

Photo illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios; Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images

In Colorado, every day is worthy of a holiday β€” at least in Gov. Jared Polis' mind.

State of play: The governor has issued declarations for more than 1,180 ceremonial state holidays since he took office five years ago, Westword reports, starting with Perianesthesia Nurses Awareness Week on Feb. 4, 2019.

  • In case you missed it, Surveyors Week started March 17. (Belated congratulations!)

Why it matters: The proclamations are just one way the governor's office can reward special interests and allies, giving them the aura of importance with a faux holiday.

The intrigue: The strangest faux holidays, per Westword, include:

  • Sir Patrick Stewart Day (Oct. 7, 2023) to recognize the "Star Trek" star
  • Colorado Bean Week (Sept. 18-24, 2023) to celebrate the bean harvest
  • Cowboy Poetry Week (April 19-25, 2020) timed to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Between the lines: It's easy to request a proclamation. Just complete this online form.

  • For what it's worth, there are guidelines: A proclamation must "impact a broad range of Coloradans and the language must demonstrate its statewide significance."

πŸ˜‰ Our thought bubble: We think Feb. 22 should be declared Axios Denver Day in honor of our founding in 2021.


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