The History of Presidents' Day

The History of Presidents' Day

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act, as the name suggests, moved many federal holiday observations to a Monday, including Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day.

Presidents' Day is one of those holidays, and it's also known as Washington's Birthday or Washington and Lincoln Day.

Presidents day is a federal holiday and there are numerous closures associated with the day. Day, signed into law in 1983, would be the second.

Most non-essential government offices and schools are closed for the day.

According to section 6103 (a) of Title 5 of the United States Code, the third Monday of February is called "Washington's Birthday", though there's no requirement for states or anyone else to use the same name.

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Presidents' Day always falls on the third Monday in February.

We hope you have a safe and Happy Presidents' Day weekend.

In Washington's birthplace in Alexandria, Virginia, the celebrations last for a whole month.

Over the years, some people have also started including Abraham Lincoln's birthday (February 12) as part of celebrations, as well as making it about America's presidents overall.

In 1932 the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, a military decoration originally created by George Washington to honor soldiers killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces.

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