Monday, February 19, 2018

The History of Presidents' Day


Happy Presidents' Day! Hope you're enjoying a day off. My high school student is, but not my college student.

If you've ever wondered about the history of Presidents' Day, here's some information from History.com:

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

For more on the history of Presidents' Day, click here.

Are you off for Presidents' Day? Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

4 comments:

Norma Beishir said...

I didn't know.

I'm just hoping Trump doesn't get to turn his birthday into a national holiday.....

Maria McKenzie said...

No telling;)!

William Kendall said...

Here we have a holiday, Family Day, so it was also a three day weekend.

Maria McKenzie said...

That sounds like a nice holiday, William. Wish we had that here☺.