Presidents’ Day

3rd Monday of February

During the month of February the birthday of two of our greatest Presidents takes place. George Washington was born on Feb. 22nd and Abraham Lincoln was born on Feb. 12th.

However, Washington’s birthday has been publicly celebrated since he was in office, before Abraham Lincoln was even born. Much of the debate over the name of the holiday springs from the fact that state’s can follow their own holidays how they see fit and many of them chose to also honor Lincoln, calling the celebration Presidents’ Day.

It was in 1968 that the term President’s Day came up for legal consideration in the Congress but was shot down, though the holiday was moved to fall between the two President’s birthdays. Again in the 1980’s there was a resurgence of the term with advertisers, which solidified the holiday name in American culture. Today, few Americans prefer to call the holiday Washington’s Birthday in lieu of President’s Day. (http://www.patriotism.org/presidents_day/

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2 Responses to “Presidents’ Day”

  1. Lucia Says:

    I think that these holiday is cool.

    Why it celebrates that day and not another?

  2. goodlandspanish1 Says:

    We used to celebrate both President Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 and President Washington’s birthday on February 22. Many years ago, the government decided to have only one day in February as a national holiday to observe both presidents and they chose the 3rd Monday of February for that date.

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