3 Day Weekend Holiday Schedule Ideas
Monday holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day provide a 3 day weekend for many people.
Because both parents usually value having extra weekend time with the child, dividing and sharing these holiday weekends is an important part of your holiday schedule.
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Here are some examples of different ways to divide the 3 day weekend holidays.
You can choose the start and end times for the 3 day weekend holidays and then alternate the weekends between the parents.
For example, if Mom has Martin Luther King Jr. Day then you assign Dad President's Day, and you continue going back and forth.
You can also alternate the holidays by assigning them in any order. For example, you could give Dad Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day and Mom Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President's Day.
After you figure out which parent has what holiday, decide if you want to swap the holidays every year, have the holidays fixed every year, or have some switch and some stay the same.
There are typically only 5 of these weekend holidays so one parent will have one more holiday than the other. You can add your own 3 day weekend holiday to your schedule or use other holiday time to make up for this. Using a visitation timeshare calculator can help you make holiday time equal.
You can split the 3 day holiday weekends and give each parent part of the weekend.
For example, here is a Labor Day split where the mother has the the child from Friday at 10:00 am to Sunday at 10:00 am and the father has the child from Sunday at 10:00 am to Tuesday at 10:00 am.
Here the father has the the child from the Friday at 7:00 pm to Sunday at 9:00 am and then the mother has the child from Sunday at 9:00 am to Monday evening at 700 pm.
You can have the same arrangements for all of the 3 day weekend holidays or you can have a different arrangement for each holiday.
After you figure out how to share the weekends, decide if you want the same holiday weekend times every year or if you want to make a new schedule every year.
Splitting the holiday weekends makes it easy to give both parents equal 3 day weekend time. It works best to do this when the parents live close by each other.
You can give the Monday holiday to the parent who has the child at the start of the weekend.
For example, here the parents have an alternating weekend residential schedule where the weekend starts on Friday at 3:00 pm and goes until Monday at 9:00 am. Dad has the weekend before Columbus Day so his weekend extends through Columbus Day until Tuesday afternoon.
Here the parents have a 2nd, 4th and 5th weekends schedule where the weekend starts on Friday at 10:00 am and goes to Sunday at 7:00 pm. Mom has the weekend before Memorial Day so her weekend extends until Tuesday at 10:00 am.
This 3 day holiday weekend arrangement is typically used in residential schedules where the child visits a parent on various weekends. In these schedules, the time doesn't change for the parent who lives with the child when that parent has the holiday weekend.
The reasoning behind this arrangement is that a weekend visit is planned around the child's school. Since the parent who has the weekend is dropping the child off at school or returning the child the night before school, when there isn't school on Monday, the parent gets an extra day with the child.