The month in which spring break occurs in the United States varies for each school, but it generally falls between the first week of March and the last week of April before Easter Sunday. The origins of spring break can be traced to the 1930s.
The concept of spring break stems from a marketing idea developed by the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1938. During the 1960s, the tradition grew in popularity, especially among college students. Party-goers were encouraged to visit Florida through advertisements claiming nonstop drinking, even though a law was passed in the late 1980s to prohibit public drinking.