Happy Presidents’ Day! Today is a day to remember, honor, and celebrate all of the past Presidents of the United States of America. The day is celebrated with different names and in different ways throughout the United States.
The holiday began as a way to honor the first President, George Washington, near the anniversary of his birthday February 22nd. The day is celebrated on the third Monday in February as a federal holiday. The day was originally implemented to celebrate and honor George Washington by an Act of Congress in 1879. In 1971 it began being celebrated on the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. It had begun being a day to celebrate George Washington, then places also began celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s February 12th birthday as well. Many places and groups moved to celebrating other Presidents and soon the office of the Presidency.
Presidents’ Day has become a popular day for sales, especially at car dealerships. Many delivery services, besides the U.S. Postal Service, are open and busy on this day as well. Federal employees celebrate the day with another three-day weekend. Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day also fall under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
No matter how you celebrate the day, enjoy! Be inspired! Have a bright day!