2018-02-14 / Features

Honoring Our Presidents

Established in 1885 to recognize President George Washington, Presidents’ Day is a holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. It is still officially called Washington’s Birthday by the federal government.

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. It is traditionally celebrated on February 22, Washington’s actual day of birth. Although several states still have individual holidays that individually honor the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, the holiday is now viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

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