Presidents Day

Presidents Day Quick Facts - US

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Presidents Day pays tribute to the country's past presidents and their contributions to the nation. Originally established to honor President George Washington, the holiday has since evolved to encompass all presidents, and particularly those who have left a significant impact upon American history. The observance promotes greater understanding and respect for the nation's highest political office, fostering a deeper awareness of the leadership, perseverance, and courage exhibited by past presidents.

The establishment of Presidents Day dates back to 1885 when it was initially commemorated as 'Washington's Birthday'. In 1971, under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the commemoration moved from Washington's birth date of February 22 to the third Monday of February, effectively creating a long weekend. Currently, Presidents Day serves as a reminder for Americans to reflect on the country's history and the role that each president has played in shaping the United States, from legislation and political victories, to leadership during turbulent times.

Presidents Day in America is observed through various activities including educational programs, reenactments, and events that provide insights into the lives and legacies of past presidents. In schools, it's traditionally a day to learn about presidents and their influence on the country. Public celebrations and ceremonies organized by municipalities, heritage societies and historical organizations are common. While recognized nationwide, actual observance varies across states. Presidents Day is annually observed on the third Monday in February.

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Facts about Presidents Day

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

Top things to do in the US for Presidents 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 Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and reflect on his contributions to the United States.
  • 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.
  • Read George Washington's Farewell Address and reflect on his contributions to United States.
  • Visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

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