Photo: Rhode Islanders on the march in a V-J Day parade
Aug. 9 was just another Monday at work for most Americans—except for state employees in Rhode Island, who got the day off. Why? Rhode Island is the last state in the Union that still celebrates V-J Day, the anniversary of the World War II victory over Japan. The most recent state to get rid of the holiday was Arkansas in 1975; since then there have been several attempts to eliminate it in Rhode Island, but World War II veterans have resisted. Here is our look at other idiosyncratic holidays celebrated only in certain states.