What Is Presidents’ Day and Who Celebrates It?
It's on the calendar every year and for most of my life I have never had it off school or work. I'm sure I learned what it was when I was younger but to be really honest if I were on the game show "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader" and this question came up then I would definitely be losing the $50,000 I had to that point.
So, for everyone who doesn't know, here is what it is and you usually observes it:
As per 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.
While Presidents' Day is one of 10 legal federal holidays, it is not a public holiday. There will be no postal service and while some banks may be closed, most businesses will remain open.
Happy Birthday George Washington!