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Enjoy Your Day Off Work Thanks to Our Presidents

Enjoy Your Day Off Work Thanks to Our Presidents

This President’s Day, we can look back on the great men who’ve helped our country thrive.

Many of us may not know that President’s Day will never fall on the birthday of any America’s past presidents. Although the day’s origins come with the celebration of George Washington’s birthday and Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and William Henry Harrison all have birthdays in February, the third Monday of the month always falls too early or too late to coincide with any of their birthdays!

Early iterations of President’s Day can be traced back to 1800, the year after Washington died. The nation set aside his birthday, February 22nd, as a day of remembrance. In late 1885, it became a nationwide celebration and an official bank holiday, along with just four other dates (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day).

With the passage of the Uniform Holiday Act and efforts to expand Washington’s birthday celebrations to include Lincoln’s birthday, which is earlier in February, President’s Day was set for the third Monday of February. That’s why we get the day off.

“It is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.”

Happy President’s Day from The Maria Sanchez Show. If you want to know more about our current political situation, especially in light of our new president, check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.


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