20 Whacky P-Day Facts
Source 1: National Parks Foundation — This source is reputable because it included an author and is also run and conducted by the U.S. government so you expect that work to be accurate. Sometimes.
- Holiday was established in 1885 in honor of President George Washington’s Birthday.
- President’s Day is still referred to as Washington’s Birthday by the U.S. federal government.
- Washington’s birthday is February 22, 1732
- Thanks to the 1968 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February.
Source 2: Ducksters —This source was largely reputable simply because it included a works cited that showed where all information was derived from.
- Many states refer to it as President’s Day, but some still call it Washington’s Birthday.
- Lincoln’s birthday is also around the same time.
- Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated in many states, but it was never an official federal holiday.
Source 3: Britannica — This is easily the most credible source I used just due to its big name and its reputation. An editor and an author are included to fact check.
- In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays.
- This change was intended to allow American workers a number of three-day weekends throughout the year.
- The name was changed due in part to store’s wanting to use President’s Day marketability.
- Presidents’ Day is sometimes considered to be a celebration of all U.S. presidents.
- Presidents’ Day is usually marked by public ceremonies in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country.
Source 4: SoftSchools — This site is solid because it is so vast and used widely as a teacher’s aid. Registration is required to download which adds credibility and its popularity in schools speaks or its credibility.
- George Washington was the first president of the U.S.
- In the 1700s, George Washington’s birthday was celebrated while he was still alive.
- Washington was born in 1732 and died in 1799.
- Washington was president from 1789–1797.
- Retailers use Presidents’ Day as a day to sell off old stock.
- Schools often organize lessons and other activities for their students in the days leading up to the holiday.
- Cherries are very popular when making desserts for celebrating George Washington’s birthday.
Source 5: OfficeHolidays — I determined this as a viable source after seeing a lot of the information duplicated on multiple sites. They also have a large following over various social media and have been referenced in other articles.
- Four presidents were born during February: Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, George Washington, and William Harrison.