Presidents’ Day is always celebrated on the third Monday in February, which means it falls on February 15th this year. This day is recognized as a federal holiday with many schools giving students the day off. But, have you ever wondered what the significance of Presidents’ Day is? What could be so important about this day that students get to be out of school?
Presidents’ Day was originally established in 1885 to recognize President George Washington’s birthday, which falls on February 22nd. In fact, the federal government still officially calls this day “Washington’s Birthday.” However, after the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971, it was moved to the third Monday.
Part of the move was also to recognize President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which falls on February 12th. However, because of the way the calendar falls, Presidents’ Day will never be on either Washington’s or Lincoln’s actual birthday. But the importance of when President’s Day falls is not as important as remembering two of our nations’ most influential and historically important presidents’.
Today, Presidents’ Day is recognized as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, with many schools and organizations holding patriotic and historical events.
Do you get the day off of work for Presidents’ Day? How will you be celebrating? We will be open for President’s day so if you do have the day off, take some time to stop and see us at Bradshaw Automotive!