10 Facts about President’s Day

  1. President’s Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of February each year in the United States.
  2. The holiday was originally established in 1885 in honor of George Washington’s birthday, which falls on February 22.
  3. President’s Day is also sometimes known as Washington’s Birthday, although the official name of the holiday is simply “President’s Day.”
  4. President’s Day is now seen as a day to honor all past and present U.S. presidents, not just George Washington.
  5. Many businesses and government offices are closed on President’s Day, although some remain open.
  6. President’s Day is a popular time for retailers to offer sales and discounts, particularly on items such as cars and mattresses.
  7. In some states, such as Illinois, President’s Day is a state holiday that is also used to honor Abraham Lincoln, who was born on February 12.
  8. President’s Day became a federal holiday in 1971, when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect, moving the celebration of several holidays, including Washington’s Birthday, to Mondays to create more three-day weekends.
  9. The first recorded President’s Day celebration was held in 1796 in Philadelphia, on Washington’s 64th birthday.
  10. President’s Day is also a popular time for schools to teach students about the U.S. presidents and their contributions to American history.





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