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I've noticed that there seems to be a noticeable absence of 'public holidays' in the Star Trek universe. I imagine that the fact that we're normally with Starfleet personnel would impact this, but do we have any evidence to support that public holidays (on Earth specifically) still exist in the 24th century?

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A simple search on Memory-Alpha results in a small list of holidays. Most are personal or regional, which can be expected, but at least 2 seemed to be somewhat public: First Contact Day (Earth) and Federation Day (all of the Federation?)

The Memory-Alpha page:

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Not to forget the Captain Picard Day! How could you skip that awesome day? – Mario Apr 29 '14 at 7:09
That's a private/regional holiday :| – calccrypto Apr 29 '14 at 7:44
@Mario - and Commander Riker Day. I think we can assume that Picard made that happen. – Valorum Apr 29 '14 at 10:14
First Contact Day was invented by Neelix. – k_g Dec 6 '14 at 5:30

Of course they exist, but as the crew ( ship and camera ) are not working that day we do not see them. Makes for a rather dull episode.

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I dunno, there have been a couple parties and such we have seen in the first scene that have been interrupted by the emergency of the week. Generations for example started on a promotion ceremony/party and got interrupted. That probably was supposed to have been a slow day for the crew. – Zoredache Apr 29 '14 at 2:30
Ceremonies and parties would not be "public holidays". And as the series centers around a quasi-military vessel the entire crew never gets the whole day off unless it's docked or otherwise out of service. – paul Apr 29 '14 at 6:58
Mental note; plan invasion of federation on Federation day – user20310 Apr 29 '14 at 9:02

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