President's Day Facts

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While everyone is enjoying their much needed day off work, catch up on some interesting President's Day facts.

President's Day is a United States federal holiday celebrated this year on Monday, February 17. It honors George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732 in Virginia. 

The holiday was established by Congress in 1885 and started as a celebration of Washington’s birthday in Washington, D.C., but was later expanded to the rest of the country.

Why are so many federal holidays on a Monday?

Because people enjoy long weekends instead of a random Wednesday off. President's Day was celebrated on February 22 until 1971 when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect. Along with Washington’s birthday, the new law also established Monday holidays for Memorial Day, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly known as Columbus Day), and Veterans Day.

When did President Abraham Lincoln join the holiday?

He didn't, well not officially. When Washington’s birthday shifted to Presidents Day, people started to think the new date meant to celebrate both Washington and Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday also fell in February. Keeping in stride, advertisers began using the three-day weekend as an opportunity to push shopping sales and bargains, according to History.com. Now nearly half of U.S. states recognize the day as Abe and Georgie's birthdays.

Who closes their business?

Back in the day, nearly everyone closed for the holiday. Since marketers and advertisers started to promote President's Day sales, that changed the course for some businesses. Federal and state government services close (U.S. Postal Service, state Departments of Motor Vehicles, federal and state courts). Class schedules at universities and colleges vary depending on the school. Public elementary and secondary schools are generally closed, but some school districts, such as New York City, may close for an entire week as a "mid-winter recess."

Who celebrates this day the best?

That would have to be Washington's birthplace of Alexandria, Virginia. They host a month-long tribute, including what is claimed to be the nation's longest-running and largest George Washington Birthday parade. Another town, Eustis, Florida, continues its annual "GeorgeFest" celebration that begun in 1902. At the George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Westmoreland County, Virginia, visitors are treated to birthday celebrations on the holiday, while at Mount Vernon, they last throughout the holiday weekend and through February 22. (wikipedia)

President's Day Food?

According to wikipedia, some people celebrate the day by eating cherry pie based on the legendary chopping down of a cherry tree in Washington's youth.

Whether you're working some of those President's Day discounts or lounging around eating cherry pie, Happy George Washington's birthday, and sometimes Abe Lincoln's birthday, to you!

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NostraChumash Feb 19, 2020 10:10 AM
President's Day Facts

To A-158.. Actually, the narrative you provide is nothing more than a repeat of Western-academic mis-information. Your people were not present at the time mentioned, but mine were & our historical recollection is not allowed to deviate from fact. It is merely the ego of european thought that says anything except our version of time, is incorrect.

El Barbareno Feb 19, 2020 09:07 AM
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Love Indigenous People's Day - a day where the people who stole the land from the Indigenous People come out in support of the Indigenous People and cry how horrible it was the ancient lands were stolen from the tribes and then, having protested, shouted slogans and carried signs feel absolved of all guilt as they return to their nice comfy homes built on the land stolen from the Indigenous People.

a-1585774340 Feb 19, 2020 10:00 AM
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EL BARB: No such thing as Indigenous Peoples in this area. It was first populated by migrants crossing the Asia-North America land bridge that was created during a pre-industrial revolution global cooling Ice Age. No proof any groups of people spontaneously arose in this area, who established a land ownership systems. Instead, various groups of people came from elsewhere, saw empty land and settled here, and for eons the first groups of migrants maintained a hunter-gatherer state of human evolution. However, like everyone else who followed; others came, saw empty land and settled here. Later arriving groups also introduced more advanced technologies like the wheel, domesticated animals and harnessing water power. Only much later was the the Anglo-American system of recorded land ownership introduced to this area. Until then, it was simply informal squatters rights for anyone who could protect their own informal territorial claim. So stop misappropriating the Anglo-American system of recorded land ownership and settled property rights and apply it to another era and peoples who played no role in the sense of its current application of "ownership" rights. The Anglo-American property rights system of recorded land ownership is a fairly modern invention. Consequently, no one came later to this empty land and stole property from anyone. . Celebrate the stability and prosperity such a system or recorded land ownership system provides for everyone, including those who are not even property owners. Compare and contrast our Anglo-American private property ownership system with just the opposite outcomes, when other property ownership systems attempt to come in to play. The King owns the land; the State owns the land; no one owns the land. Private Property ownership at every level deserves deeper considerations, as well as its own day of celebration too.

a-1585774340 Feb 19, 2020 09:27 AM
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El Barbareno - you're a few months off. Indigenous People's Day is in October.

aragorn Feb 18, 2020 10:45 AM
President's Day Facts

I remember back in the 60's when I was going to Franklin Elementary School over on the Eastside that we would have Lincoln's Day off on the 12th and Washington's Day off on the 22nd. I always did look forward to that in Jan. when I was a kid. Two days off from school in Feb.

ChillinGrillin Feb 17, 2020 11:05 PM
President's Day Facts

Only one mention of the current office holder in these comments. He shouldn't be mentioned on the same day we celebrate figures like FDR, Lincoln, and Washington.

Get over it Feb 17, 2020 07:18 PM
President's Day Facts

*That was supposed to be a reply to Stew..

Get over it Feb 17, 2020 07:17 PM
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Right? Unless you work at a bank or for the countrys largest employer, we are working and paying for their day off.

Rockydude Feb 17, 2020 05:09 PM
President's Day Facts

I use to get my B-day off from School in the 60s, but someone decided to change it to unofficial day. George and I still celebrate our day 222

a-1585774340 Feb 17, 2020 10:09 AM
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I'll bet Trump has the National Park Service architects working today to figure how his bust can be added to Mt. Rushmore.

a-1585774340 Feb 17, 2020 09:40 AM
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It seems to me that in the late 1960s my elementary school had a day off for Lincoln and another day off for Washington. Do other Californians remember this?

icanreadcanyou Feb 17, 2020 07:13 PM
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Signed into law in 1968, went into effect 1/1/1971. Johnson was president.

a-1585774340 Feb 17, 2020 09:58 AM
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9:40 - I remember when they consolidated the expanding demands for individual President day federal holidays into a single holiday. Can't remember the date, but one more incident of too much of a good thing when campaigns were waged for everyone's own favorite president to get his own separate day off too. Perhaps an example government employee union over-reach after JFK unionized government workers in the 1960's. Already, there is a 3-4 day paid holiday every month for government employees.

stewart14 Feb 17, 2020 09:05 AM
President's Day Facts

Boy, I wish I was part of that "everyone" crowd! Work as usual in my neck of the woods.

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