Isn't it about time we make Opening Day a national holiday?


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What’s more American than baseball? There’s nothing like cheering on your favorite team; chowing down on hot dogs and cracker jacks; and slugging beers outside in the chilly spring air. It’s a long tradition we continue to pass down from generation to generation.

The coveted Opening Day — which is March 31 this year — signifies a new beginning in professional baseball where every team has a chance at greatness, and there’s promise of warm weather and good times ahead.

After all this time, why is this special day not a national holiday? Shouldn’t we have off on a day that celebrates the all-American spirit? Not only will it raise national pride but perhaps even draw us closer as a nation. Besides, a recent survey found that 22 million Americans have played hooky to watch or attend an Opening Day game. Let’s just make it official already, OK?

Other fun facts:

  • There will be 1.3 million fans attending Opening Day games this year.
  • 19,500 pounds of peanuts and 148,000 pounds of hot dogs will be consumed that day.
  • 1,092 Rawlings baseballs are used on Opening Day.
  • More than 2,000 Budweiser day-fresh draught kegs are expected to be delivered to MLB cities and stadiums prior to, or on, Opening Day.


More than 100,000 signatures have been recorded in a petition created by Anheuser-Busch to the Obama Administration on making Opening Day a day of observance via presidential proclamation. Click here to sign the petition and hear from baseball greats on the excitement of Opening Day from the athlete’s perspective.

Check out the fun infographic below to learn other fun facts about this favorite American past time.