When you think of spring break, chances are you think of bronzed and brawny college students dancing and drinking the days away in a sunny paradise like Miami or Cancun. The modern-day spring break is synonymous with 20-somethings letting loose and having more fun than their parents would care to know about. But the week-long holiday didn’t start out that way. The first spring break, in 1938, took place at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where the College Coaches’ Swim Forum attracted 300 swimmers and their respective student bodies—pretty lowkey, to be sure. It wasn’t until 1959 when things got a bit more saucy, with students returning to “Fort Liquordale,” where city bars offered all-you-can drink beer for $1.50. This infographic explains the evolution of the holiday, from the beginning to the present day.
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