Happy Birthday Mr. President! Five Things to Know about President’s Day!

Monday is President’s Day, but there are some things your might not know about this holiday.


1. The observance of President’s Day dates back to 1799. It initially started as an unofficial remembrance of George Washington on his February 22 birthday the year after his death, (HISTORY, 2014).

2. The shift from celebrating on Washington’s actual birthday February 22nd to the third Monday in February, was part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and initially was not meant to become President’s Day in recognition of both Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays, (Archives, 2014).

3. It was not until the mid 1980’s that Washington’s Birthday become known as President’s Day and transitioned to recognizing all President’s.

4. The third Monday in February is still listed by the Federal Government as Washington’s Birthday and not President’s Day, (Padilla, 2012)

5. President’s Day never falls on the birthday of any U.S. President anymore even though George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were born in February (HISTORY, 2014).



·         National Archives and Records Administration. “George Washington’s Birthday.” National Archives and Records Administration. http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/washington/ (accessed February 11, 2014).

·         Padilla, Steve. “No lie: It’s Washington’s Birthday, not Presidents Day.” Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/20/nation/la-na-nn-presidents-day-20120217 (accessed February 11, 2014).

·         A&E Television Networks. “Presidents’ Day.” History.comhttp://www.history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day(accessed February 10, 2014).


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