Happy Presidents Day! But have you ever wondered just what, exactly, Presidents Day is all about? Same here. Here’s are some fun facts about the third Monday in February.
Presidents Day is observed on the third Monday in February and the holiday celebrates President George Washington’s birthday. According to the National Archives, Washington was born on Feb. 11, 1731 in Virginia, according to the Julian calendar. But the National Archives explain that in 1752, when Britain and its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar, Washington’s birthday moved to Feb. 22, 1732.
Congress voted to honor the nation’s first president with a federal holiday in 1879.
Abraham Lincoln, the other most associated president with Presidents’ Day, was born just a little ways from Taylor’s Newport, KY office in Hodgenville, KY.
The two presidents most closely associated with Presidents’ Day are George Washington and Abraham Lincoln — both of whom are generally considered among the greatest presidents this country has produced. It’s a good idea to have a holiday which honors them.