Smirnoff Ice Will Pay You to Take a 5-Day Independence Day Weekend

Don’t let a few work days get in the way of your freedom celebrations.

By Ethan L. Johns
June 26, 2018

Image: Diageo

Hey, you there. Yeah, you—the worker bee too busy crunching spreadsheets to realize that Mother Nature’s silly calendar system is walking all over your God-given rights to a long Independence Day weekend. Listen up.

If you’re super sad that July 4th falls on a Wednesday this year, Smirnoff Ice wants to help you out, because Smirnoff Ice loves freedom so much that it created a flavor based on it. As part of a promotion for “Red, White and Berry”-flavored Smirnoff Ice, the brand is going to pay 100 people to skip two days of work next week. That’s right, do whatever you want with a five-day weekend, #freedom

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If this tickles your patriotism, here’s the low-down: just comment on Smirnoff’s Facebook post or Instagram post and be entered to win $500 (that’s $31.25 per hour) to take off either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday.

Smirnoff Ice contains alcohol, so naturally you have to be at least 21 years old to take part in this gloriously liberating contest.

The Founding Fathers invented Independence Day as an excuse for you to party for an extended period of time, not just for a measly day in the middle of the week. So now’s the time to plant your flag and reclaim what is rightfully yours.

And by that we mean ask your office manager politely if you can take two days off. If she or he says no, feel free to use your freedom and cry about it. Then get back to work, soldier; that’s an order!

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns