On the third Monday of February we celebrate Presidents’ Day.
Did you know that the federal name for
this holiday is Washington’s Birthday?
This federal holiday was originally implemented by an Act of
Congress in 1879 and was celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday, February
22nd, and was the first federal holiday to honor an American
In 1971, this holiday was shifted to the third Monday of
February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. At this time there was a motion to
rename the holiday Presidents’ Day to honor both George Washington and Abraham
Lincoln as Lincoln was another great American president known for re-shaping
our country and he was born on February 12th. This motion failed to
pass the committee and remains known as Washington’s Birthday.
Despite the unofficial name change, this day is more
commonly referred to as Presidents’ Day and many people honor all American
presidents instead of just Washington.