Pima trades Columbus Day for Black Friday

2013-08-07T00:00:00Z Pima trades Columbus Day for Black FridayJoe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously decided on Tuesday to make the day after Thanksgiving - better known as Black Friday - a paid county holiday rather than Columbus Day.

The request to drop Columbus Day in favor Black Friday originated with employees at Pima County Consolidated Justice Court.

A poll of more than three dozen county employees from various departments indicated most were in favor of the switch, said County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.

Since the county is essentially swapping one day for another, there is no cost to the taxpayers.

Supervisor Ray Carroll said it was easy to back the change, since the idea came from rank-and-file workers.

He saw multiple reasons why employees would support the swap, only one of which was related to the retail shopping phenomenon known as Black Friday.

The Chicago native said Columbus Day is a relatively low-key affair in Arizona compared with how the holiday was celebrated when he was a boy, which included a parade downtown.

He also noted many families choose to gather in Tucson for the holiday because the weather is better than in other parts of the country.

DID YOU KNOW?

Pima County is Southern Arizona's ninth-largest employer, with about 6,075 full-time-equivalent jobs at the start of this year, the Star 200 survey shows.

County closed

The 10 holidays when county offices are closed are:

• New Year's Day

• Martin Luther King Jr. Day

• Presidents Day

• Memorial Day

• Independence Day

• Labor Day

• Veterans Day

• Thanksgiving Day

• Black Friday

• Christmas Day

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@azstarnet.com or 573-4346.

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