Facts about President’s Day
In the United States, Presidents’ Day is observed on the third Monday of February. It is also known as Washington’s Birthday, after George Washington, the country’s first president. The holiday is intended to honor George Washington and all of the United States’ presidents. In 1879, it was declared a federal holiday. Although an attempt was made in 1968 to officially designate the third Monday in February as Presidents’ Day, it failed. That eventually happened in 1971. Many states continue to refer to this day as Presidents’ Day rather than Washington’s Birthday. Some states also commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday around this time.
In the United States, Presidents’ Day/Birthday Washington’s is a federal holiday. Despite the fact that George’s birthday was on February 22nd, the day is officially observed on the third Monday of February.
George Washington’s birthday was celebrated while he was still alive in the 1700s, and many people in the United States attended the festivities. He was born in 1732 and passed away in 1799.
George Washington served two terms as President, from 1789 to 1793 and from 1793 to 1797.
Prior to becoming president, George Washington held important military positions. In 1783, the American Continental Army defeated the British under his command. Many consider him to be the most influential politician in American history.
President Rutherford B. Hayes signed legislation making February 22nd a federal holiday in 1879, nearly a century later.
Although Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is close to George Washington’s, it is not a federal holiday. Many states continue to commemorate his birthday alongside George Washington’s.
Washington State, as well as three universities, and the capital of the United States, Washington DC, are all named after George Washington.
George Washington appears on the quarter dollar coin as well as the one dollar bill.
Cherries are a popular ingredient in desserts commemorating George Washington’s birthday. The popularity of cherries can be traced back to a story about George Washington. When asked if he’d ever cut down a cherry tree, George Washington replied that he couldn’t lie.
In the late 1980s, it became common for retailers to use Presidents’ Day to clear out old inventory.
Since 1888, George Washington’s Farewell Address has been read in the Senate on the 22nd of February every year.
In the days leading up to the holiday, schools frequently organize lessons and other activities for their students.
Some occur weeks in advance, as the holiday may fall during a week when schools are closed for mid-winter recess.
Some call it President’s Day, while others call it Presidents’ Day. Presidents’ Day refers to multiple presidents, whereas President’s Day only refers to one president. The difference in spelling may be due to the fact that some people celebrate George Washington alone on this day, while others celebrate George and Abraham Lincoln, and still others may celebrate all presidents.
Despite the fact that it is a federal holiday, each state is free to call it whatever they want and to celebrate it however they see fit.
In February, four presidents were born: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, William Harrison, and Ronald Reagan. Most people observe Presidents’ Day in honor of the first two presidents.