The History of President’s Day

A summary about the origin and history of this holiday

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The History of President’s Day

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President’s Day is an American holiday which is celebrate on the third Monday in the month of February. It originally established in 1885 in honor of the first President George Washington and it still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” under the federal government. Traditionally it was celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday, February 22 and as time moved on the holiday became popularly known as President’s Day. Although other states still celebrate individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Lincoln and other historical figures, the United States celebrates Presidents’ Day to honor the past and present presidents.

  The transformation of this holiday all started by the mid 1980s when Nixon renamed Washington’s birthday as President’s Day. The shift had solidified in the early 2000s, but which more than half the states had changed to name on their calendars. Although some states have customize the holiday by adding new and other figures to the celebration. Washington and Lincoln have yet to known to be recognized as the most popular leaders in history. But this day is popularly seen to recognize the lives and achievements of all the leaders who have served as President in our country.

  Similarly to Independence Day (July 4th) Presidents’ Day is viewed as a time to celebrate the patriotism of the country and the remembrance of our leaders. Presidents’ Day is used to stage celebrations and reenactments of these historical groups. Many public schools spend the days leading up to Presidents’ Day teaching students the importance of these Presidents and their accomplishments.

  Hope that everyone had a great three day weekend remembering the most influential leaders.

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