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Happy Hour Day

Happy Hour Day celebrates the time at bars and restaurants when alcoholic drinks are served at discounted prices. Happy hours usually take place for a period of time in the late afternoon—usually for more than an hour, and often between the hours of 4PM and 7PM. Happy hours typically occur on Monday through Thursday, and sometimes on Friday. Besides drink specials, many times free snacks or other discounted menu items are available. In 1913 the crew of the USS Arkansas began using the term "happy hour" to refer to scheduled entertainment on their ship, and by the end of World War I, "happy hours" were taking place throughout the Navy. During prohibition, drinking became popular before dinner, as diners imbibed at speakeasies before going to restaurants for their meal, where alcohol could not be served. Terms like "cocktail hours" and "happy hours" were given to these pre-dinner drinking events. After prohibition, cocktail lounges were popular spots for drinks before having dinner. A 1959 article in the Saturday Evening Post referred to "happy hour" as a time when servicemen had afternoon drinks in bars. It was shortly after this when the term started being more widely used by civilians throughout the United States. Various states have regulated or restricted happy hours, or even banned them.

How to Observe Happy Hour Day

Celebrate the day by going to a bar in the late afternoon and seeing if they have a happy hour. Maybe drinks will be cheaper; maybe you will get two drinks for the price of one; maybe there will be free appetizers!

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