Who we celebrate and why.
What exactly is the purpose of Presidents Day? Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Lisle Patch on Facebook. It's not just about weekend sales and holidays from school, although it is important to note the following: There is also a complex and detailed history of the holiday we know as Presidents Day. Depending on what state you are from, some Americans may remember years where both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington's birthdays were holidays. In more recent years, though, the holiday has been consolidated into a single day, celebrated on the third Monday in February. Actually, the holiday honors George Washington and bears only his name in state and federal law. Washington’s birthday was first officially …
When it comes to favorite American presidents, Washington and Lincoln are on everyone's list.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Presidents Day is the nation's celebration of George Washington's birthday. What? Isn't it the celebration of Washington's and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays? Technically, no. The confusion began with the enactment of the Uniform Holiday Act, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, which moved Washington's birthday, Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances to a Monday to create three-day holidays. Washington's birthday became known as Presidents Day, although it is still legally recognized by Congress as Washington's Birthday, Presidents Day has become a day to honor not only Washington, but Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president who was born on Feb. 12, and the lives and accomplishments of all U.S. presidents. So in the spirit of …