President’s Day, also referred to as Washington’s Birthday, is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of every February. The day commemorates George Washington, the first president of the United States, as well as other US presidents. While some US states continue to have individual holidays to honor the birthdays of Washington, Lincoln, and other presidential figures, Presidents Day is viewed as a day for all of America to celebrate American presidents of the past and present.
Presidents Day first began in 1800, following the death of George Washington in 1799. During this time, Washington was considered one of the most important figures in American history, and continues to be today. While Washington’s Birthday remained an unofficial celebration during the 1800s, it didn’t become a federal holiday until the 1870s. The transformation from Washington’s Birthday to the Presidents Day we celebrate today began in the late 1960s, after Congress proposed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
This patriotic holiday is celebrated in schools, homes, and businesses around America each February. It is also used by many historical and patriotic groups as a date to stage reenactments, celebrations, and various other events.
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