History of Presidents’ Day

history of Presidents’ DayEvery year, on the third Monday of February, the country celebrates Presidents’ Day. While most schools get the day off and you might even get a day off from work, many of us don’t know what the day means, so here is a brief history of Presidents’ Day.
The holiday originated in 1800 as a day of remembrance for George Washington, who had died the previous year. It was set on February 22nd, his birthday. It was celebrated unofficially until it became an official holiday in 1879, when it was still called George Washington’s Birthday.
In the late 1960s, Senator Robert McClory proposed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which would move several federal holidays to specific Mondays to create more three-day weekends. This law included Washington’s Birthday, and also included a provision to combine the celebrations for Washington and Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is also in February, to create Presidents’ Day. The switch to the third Monday of February became official in 1971.
Today, Presidents’ Day is seen as a day to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of all presidents. Communities celebrate with parades, reenactments, and other patriotic events.
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