USA Federal Holiday Rides
USA Federal Holiday Award
Version No. 1.1�
2022, Iron Butt Association, Chicago, Illinois
revised: December 24, 2022
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United States Government recognizes eleven Federal Holidays. From
time to time, the
federal government may add a new holiday. When the 'traditional'
holiday falls on a Saturday, the 'official government holiday' is
celebrated on Friday; when the 'traditional'holiday falls on a Sunday,
the 'official government holiday' is celebrated on Monday. The
'official government holidays' are listed at the Government web site.
At the moment, the 'traditional holidays recognized by the Fedeal
- New Year's Day January 1
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. 3rd
- Washington's Birthday 3rd Monday in
- Memorial Day last Monday in May
- Juneteenth National Independence Day June
- Independence Day July 4
- Labor Day 1st Monday in September
- Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October
- Veterans Day November 11
- Thanksgiving Day 4th Thursday in November
- Christmas Day December 25
The Federal Holiday Rides commemorate these important events.
Read the rules
the iconic SaddleSore 1000
on the Iron Butt
Association site. The rules for this ride are similar and you
will get valuable background information.
DBR - Dated Business Receipt
A DBR is a machine generated receipt with the date, time and LOCATION
on it. Check it - do not assume it is correct. A receipt
with an incorrect time/date/location is worthless. Check and
You may ride any certifiable ride. Most riders choose to ride a
SaddleSore, but some have ridden BBG's, and even a very few have ridden
50cc Quests on each of the eleven holidays.
You MUST have at least one DBR on thequalifying holiday dates listed on
of the Month page as a Federal Holiday Ride.
There are other rides that occur on the same dates as these Federal
Holiday rides. These other rides may have additional requirements
and different time windows. For instance, the Polar
Bear ride time window is for January 1 only even if the 'official
government holiday' is January 2. Another example--the Fourth of July ride
requires certain photos taken during the ride but the Independence Day
Federal Holiday ride does not require photos.
If you plan and execute your ride carefully, you might be able to get a
'two-fer'. Any ride that qualifies for the Polar Bear ride, by
definition, will qualify for the January 1 Federal Holiday Ride.
But every ride that qualifies for the Federal Holiday Independence Day
ride might not qualify for the Fourth
ride (if you didn't take the required photos). If you qualify for
both rides, you may apply for both and receive two certificates (miles will be
nested, of course).
Rules for the Federal
You must earn a certified ride on each of the Official Government
Federal Holidays. You
must earn the same type of certified ride for each of the holidays
(SS1000, BBG). The
rides need not be consecutive in any one year and may be accumulated
over many years.
Documentation for the Federal
Send copies of your certificates for the rides on each of the federal
holidays along with your ride application and fee
payment. If you have not yet received a certificate for one of
your claimed rides, please note that in the application.
There is no additional merchandise for this ride.