Is It Presidents’ Day or Washington’s Birthday?

Feb 19, 2024 | Notices & Announcements

Presidents’ Day is the popular and commonly used name for the United States federal holiday officially called Washington’s Birthday.  It is celebrated annually on the third Monday of February and celebrates the life and achievements of George Washington, the first President of the United States (1789-1797) and ‘The Father of his Country’. The day is, in practice, often used to honor and remember all past US presidents, and in particular Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

Presidents’ Day was created in 1879, first celebrated the following year. It was the first federal holiday to be created in honor of an American citizen. It was originally held on Washington’s actual birthday (February 22), but in 1971 this was changed to the third Monday of February (placing it between February 15 and 21 – which means it can never occur on Washington’s actual birthday anymore).

* All information was cited from calendarpedia.com

 

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