So, why is today a national holiday? Why is it called president’s day? I am here to bore you with some facts, so sit back Junior, and I’ll fill you in!
Were you aware
In 1799 following the death of George Washington, the first President’s birthday, February 22, became a day of celebration. Washington was so looked up to as the first American President, that all over the country people revered him as the most important figure in their history. So the holiday actually originated with Washington’s birthday, but as with any good tradition, it morphed throughout the years.
President’s day never falls on the actual birthday of any American President. Four Presidents, Reagan, Lincoln, Harrison and Washington were all born in February, but their actual dates of birth don’t coincide with the celebration of President’s day because they fall either too early or too late in the month. President’s day is always celebrated on the third Monday of February.
During most of the 1800’s, Washington’s birthday was an unofficial holiday, until around 1870 when it became an official national holiday.
The change from Washington’s birthday to the modern President’s day began in 1960, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, to help create another three day weekend for America’s workers. Wow, imagine that, Congress looking out for us!
So there you have it, President’s Day! If you are one of the lucky ones to have the day off, enjoy!