Uncovering the Origins: A Brief History of Presidents’ Day

By Jim Lawson on February 19, 2024
Uncovering the Origins: A Brief History of Presidents’ Day
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Uncovering the Origins: A Brief History of Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is on Monday, Feb. 19. The first Presidents’ Day was celebrated in 1879.

The holiday has evolved into a state holiday honoring all U.S. presidents, but it was initially to celebrate the birthday of George Washington, the first president.

From 1879 to 1970, Presidents’ Day was celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday of February 22.

However, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act moved Presidents’ Day to the third Monday in February beginning in 1971 to create a three-day weekend.

Besides all federal and state offices closing for the holiday, there are many sales on big ticket items for bargain hunters.

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