Founding Day is one of New Herswick's national holidays. This holiday falls on 12 May, and marks the anniversary of the founding of New Herswick on 12 May 1794. If 12 May is on a Sunday, the holiday is observed the following Monday.
For years, Founding Day was observed by gathering in a public park to hear a speaker lecture about the founding of the nation and talk about the day's agenda, and then attending a parade. In 1967, the "lecture" was removed from the celebration because of the boredom it caused.
The celebration todayEdit
In Newfield, the capital city, people have a big parade, which proceeds down King Curtis III Boulevard. By city law, the celebration in Newfield has to be "fit for a king/queen", as the monarch is usually in attendance for the festivities. After the parade is a reenactment at Newfield Harbour. Actors portray the nation's first English-speaking settlers and reenact the arrival to the island. The monarch usually attends this as well.
In Rassenga, the people have a reenactment at Bellingraff Harbour. By city law, since the monarch does not attend the Rassenga festivities, the reenactment and following parade do not have to be "picture perfect", but respect is asked of the actors in the reenactment and the participants in the parade.
An example of what happens if respect is not shown occurred at the 2006 observance, when unruly people began using profanity and beating each other up during the reenactment, and were hauled away to jail by the police. The reason for the jail time was said to be because it is a slap in the face to the founders for people to show disrespect and curse and be violent at the celebration.
In rural New Herswick, people do not have big parades. People in coastal towns have reenactments, and people in inland towns simply sing the New Herswick National Anthem and other patriotic songs, and then watching the Newfield observance, which is nationally televised.