President’s Day: Who? What? Where? Why?

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President’s Day: Who? What? Where? Why?

Whether or not you currently love the man in the big white house, I think we can all agree that a long weekend is not a controversial event. This workless Monday has the grand title of “President’s Day” and for many of us that simply translates to “no school or work.” While I relished in my ability to sleep in and put off homework for one more day, I found myself wondering why it is that this day is being celebrated. If you’re at all curious, or just want to put off your homework a little longer: below are some fast facts about this vague, yet appreciated, holiday.

  1. After George Washington’s death in 1799, February 22nd became a holiday know as “Washington’s Birthday” to celebrate the day the first president was born.
  1. George Washington was the first individual to have a nationally recognized holiday named solely after him. The second was MLK Jr. when Martin Luther King Jr. Day was made law in 1983.
  1. Following the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the celebration was moved to the third Monday in February to give people more three-day weekend (thank you, US government)
  1. There are four past president’s born in February: George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan.
  1. The day is now commonly known as “President’s Day” and used to celebrate all the men who have served as President of the US; however, it is still referred to as “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.
2017-12-20T10:07:36-07:00February 20th, 2017|

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