CHAPTER 602

HOUSE BILL NO. 992

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, TITLE 1, DELAWARE CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT RETURN DAY SHALL BE A LEGAL HOLIDAY IN 1976 AS PART OF THE STATEWIDE OBSERVANCE OF THE BICENTENNIAL YEAR.

WHEREAS, the biennial observance of Return Day in Sussex County has attracted nationwide attention because it is unique and because it helps to restore our sense of the history of the First State; and

WHEREAS, during the Bicentennial Year of 1976 an elaborate revival of the Return Day ceremonies is planned; and

WHEREAS, Return Day, the second day after the General Election, is by statute a legal holiday after 12:00 noon in Sussex County; and

WHEREAS, because of the combination of circumstances involving the Bicentennial Year and Return Day there will be an even greater interest in this unique event; and

WHEREAS, it would be fitting for the Bicentennial Year (1976) only if Return Day, November 4, 1976, were made a legal holiday for the entire state.

NOW, THEREFORE:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Code, is amended by striking the words, "and in Sussex County, Return Day, the second day after the General Election, after 12 noon," and substituting in lieu thereof, the following words, "and Return Day, the second day after the General Election, in 1976."

Approved July 21, 1976