1er Août 2009, Fête national suisse

On the 1st August 2009 Switzerland celebrated the country’s 718th anniversary, referring to the creation of the country in 1291, although independance came some time later in 1648.
The population voted in 1993 to make the 1st August a day of celebration and a public holiday and since 1994 the Swiss have celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and lantern parades
How fab is that, that the population can vote to have a day off?