Presidents Day

Presidents Day Quick Facts - US

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2023 DateFebruary 20, 2023
2024 DateFebruary 19, 2024
Presidents Day

President's Day History

President's Day was originally established in celebration of George Washington's birthday. In 1880, Congress voted to make it the first national holiday which honored an individual. In 1968, Congress enacted the Uniform Monday Bill to give workers as many long weekends as possible. This moved as many holidays to a standard Monday each year. Many states were already honoring Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12th, and this celebration was combined with George Washington's birthday, for one federal holiday. It is observed on the third Monday in February each year.

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Presidents Day Facts

  • Although it falls on the third Monday of February, George Washington's birthday is supposed to be celebrated on this holiday.
  • According to the Julian calendar, Washington was born February 11, 1732. The Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752, changing Washington's birthday to February 22.
  • Since 1888, Washington's Farewell Address has been read aloud in the U.S. Senate on February 22nd.
  • George Washington was the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, first U.S. President, and President of the Constitutional Convention.
  • Presidents Day never falls on Washington's actual birthdate (Feb. 22). The third Monday in February can never be any later than February 21st.

President's Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit Mt. Vernon, VA, Washington's ancestral home and place of both he and his wife Martha's tomb. Admission is free on President's Day.
  • Go shopping for a car. Presidents day weekend typically features some of the best car deals of the year as dealers try to clear out prior-year inventory.
  • Read George Washington's Farewell Address and reflect on his contributions to United States.
  • Read Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and reflect on his contributions to the United States.
  • Visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

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