Saturday is Douglas Jefferson Day! “you have a moral duty to buy a stranger a drink”


“Dear PoPville,

I was sad to see my favorite DC fake holiday’s web site had disappeared. Unlike Douglas Jefferson himself, I was at least able to bring the website back to life. Remember, when you’re out for a drink this Saturday night you have a moral duty to buy a stranger a drink and maybe make a new friend.

How do I celebrate Douglas Jefferson Day?

Douglas Jefferson day is celebrated on the first Saturday of October every year. According to tradition, there are only three rules one must follow.

Three rules:

Douglas Jefferson Day must be celebrated in a Public House of the District of Columbia, in the company of good friends
A gift must be given to a friend. One must not have exchanged money for the gift, and it must be “no larger than a baker’s loaf.‡”
In the spirit of Douglas Jefferson Day, you must buy a drink for a stranger.