Presidents’ Day, also known as President’s Birthday at the federal level, is a federal holiday observed in the United States on the third Monday in February to honor all people who have served as presidents of the country.
George Washington has been the subject of this holiday since 1879 because he presided over the Constitutional Convention in 1787, led the Continental Army to victory in the American Revolutionary War, and was the nation’s first president.
On February 11, 1731, George Washington was born at his parents’ Pope’s Creek Estate in Westmoreland County, Virginia, which is now the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. An Act of Congress established the federal holiday in honor of Washington in 1879 for federal offices in Washington, and it was later extended to all federal offices in 1885. The holiday was observed on George Washington’s birthday and was the first government holiday to recognize an American president. From 1879 to 1970, February 22 was designated as Washington’s Birthday and is a holiday in the United States celebrated on the third Monday of February to honor all persons who served as presidents of the United States. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act, passed in 1968, relocated the holiday to the third Monday in February, which can fall between February 15 and February 21. This gave government workers a three-day weekend. The day quickly gained the name Presidents’ Day. States and communities that had been honoring Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 integrated the two holidays into Presidents Day as they did the same. Uniform Monday Holiday, which went into effect on January 1, 1971, moved the federal holiday to the third Monday in February.
Lincoln oversaw the Lincoln handled the nation’s involvement in the American Civil War, contributed to maintaining the Union, abolished slavery, bolstered the federal government, and modernized the American economy.
This day, which is also known as Presidents’ Day, Washington and Lincoln’s Birthday, is observed as a state holiday in the majority of states. The several states go under 15 different names. Depending on the applicable statute, the state holiday may formally celebrate Washington alone, Washington and Lincoln, or another historical figure.
States that don’t observe a holiday on this day or a day commemorating presidents in general are a select few. Presidents Day and Washington’s Birthday are not holidays in Delaware.
In their honor, several states have proclaimed state holidays that don’t fall on the third Monday. participation in the American Civil War, helped to keep the Union together, abolitionized slavery, strengthen the federal government, and modernize the American economy.
Most states recognize this day as a state holiday, and it is also known as Presidents’ Day, Washington and Lincoln’s Birthday. There are 15 names used for the various states. The state holiday may officially honor Washington alone, Washington and Lincoln, or some other historical figure, depending on the relevant law.
There are certain states that don’t celebrate a holiday on this day or a day honoring presidents in general. Delaware doesn’t have a Presidents Day or Washington’s Birthday holiday.
A number of states have declared state holidays in their honor that don’t coincide with the third Monday in February. On the same day as the federal holiday.
Massachusetts officially observes “Washington’s Birthday.” Additionally, state law mandates that the governor proclaim May 20 as “Presidents Day” every year. In accordance with state law, the governor is required to proclaim “Presidents Day” every year on May 29. John F. Kennedy’s birthday to recognize the contributions of Kennedy, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Calvin Coolidge, the four presidents having Massachusetts ancestry.
While Washington’s Birthday is a federal holiday in California, Connecticut, Missouri, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is still celebrated as a state holiday on February 12 regardless of the day of the week, while Washington’s Birthday is a federal holiday in California, Connecticut, Missouri, and Illinois.
At least as a state-paid holiday, Presidents’ Day is observed in New Mexico on the Friday following Thanksgiving; nonetheless, the third Monday in February remains to be the official public holiday in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is still observed as a state holiday on February 12 regardless of the day of the week.
Presidents’ Day is honored in New Mexico on the Friday after Thanksgiving, at least as a state-paid holiday; nonetheless, the third Monday in February continues to be the official public holiday.