20 Whacky P-Day Facts

  1. Holiday was established in 1885 in honor of President George Washington’s Birthday.
  2. President’s Day is still referred to as Washington’s Birthday by the U.S. federal government.
  3. Washington’s birthday is February 22, 1732
  4. Thanks to the 1968 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February.
  1. Many states refer to it as President’s Day, but some still call it Washington’s Birthday.
  2. Lincoln’s birthday is also around the same time.
  3. Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated in many states, but it was never an official federal holiday.
  1. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays.
  2. This change was intended to allow American workers a number of three-day weekends throughout the year.
  3. The name was changed due in part to store’s wanting to use President’s Day marketability.
  4. Presidents’ Day is sometimes considered to be a celebration of all U.S. presidents.
  5. Presidents’ Day is usually marked by public ceremonies in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country.
  1. George Washington was the first president of the U.S.
  2. In the 1700s, George Washington’s birthday was celebrated while he was still alive.
  3. Washington was born in 1732 and died in 1799.
  4. Washington was president from 1789–1797.
  5. Retailers use Presidents’ Day as a day to sell off old stock.
  6. Schools often organize lessons and other activities for their students in the days leading up to the holiday.
  7. Cherries are very popular when making desserts for celebrating George Washington’s birthday.
  1. Four presidents were born during February: Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, George Washington, and William Harrison.

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