- Billie Joe Armstrong told Q magazine May 2009 that sometimes he doesn't know where he gets his songs from. For instance, when he found himself singing "Sieg Heil to the president gas man" on this number, he freaked himself out. He said: "It was kind of like, Where the f--- is this coming from? It was taking an ugly picture and painting it uglier. The thing that justifies it is that it was true."
- While the song is a dig at conservative agendas, it doesn't entirely spare liberals. Armstrong told MTV: "I am anti-war, so a lot of [the album] has to do with that, and there's different sides of it too. Like, there's one line that sort of messes with liberals a little too, where it says, 'Hear the drum pounding out of time/ Another protester has crossed the line/ To find the money's on the other side.'" He continues. "That song ['Holiday'] is about this mishmash of people with all these strong opinions who really can't agree, and leaving [decisions] to the person who's sort of standing in the middle confused and overwhelmed."
- The music video is one of several that Samuel Bayer directed for Green Day. "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and "American Idiot."
- The song is in the key of F minor.
- The chorus's refrain—"This is our lives on holiday"—was intended to reflect the average American's apathy on the issues of the day.
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