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Happy 136th Presidents’ Day America

“But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret." ~~ Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States (1981–1989). Prior to his presidency, he served as the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), and was a radio, film and television actor.

Presidents' Day photo collage for Examiner article 'Happy 136th Presidents' Day America'
snapshot from my Google search results taken by Gloria Buono-Daly

Many of us think of Presidents’ Day as that wonderful 3-day weekend.

President’s Day is also well known for large department stores holding big sales and attracting many bargain shoppers throughout the Presidents’ Day long weekend holiday. It's also when automakers have huge discounts on their cars.

Until the late 1980s, corporate businesses generally closed on this day, similar to present corporate practices on Memorial Day or Christmas Day.

Originally it was known as George Washington's birthday, a United States federal holiday celebrated on our first president's birthday, February 22nd. Now it is celebrated on the third Monday of February and is referred to as Presidents' Day.

The holiday was first implemented by an Act of Congress 136 years ago (1879 which was about 90 years after Washington's inauguration year 1789).

In 1968 President Lincoln’s birthday (February 12th) and President Washington’s birthday (February 22nd) were combined into Presidents’ Day to honor both presidents by the 90th Congress.

There have been 136 celebrations (counting the first President Washington’s birthday celebration in 1879 which was later combined with Presidents’ Day beginning 1968 and officially implemented by Congress in 1971.

For more information including more photos visit the AllThingsDigitalMarketing blog titled “Happy 136th Presidents’ Day America: Will Google celebrate with doodle?

Will you be taking advantage of the various sales this Presidents' Day? Are you doing anything special to celebrate Presidents' Day?

RESOURCES:
♦ AllThingsDigitalMarketing blog titled Happy 136th Presidents’ Day America: Will Google celebrate with doodle? http://myblog.allthingsdigitalmarketing.com/2014/02/happy-136th-presidents-day-america-will.html
♦ Presidents’ Day – What Does it Mean? http://usparks.about.com/od/historicalparks/a/Presidents-Day.htm
♦ Presidents’ Day, History Channel http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day
♦ Presidents’ Day, History Channel Videos http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day/videos
♦ Why Do We Celebrate Presidents’ Day?, DoSomething.org, http://www.dosomething.org/blog/why-do-we-celebrate-presidents-day
♦ Presidents Day, 2014, Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nigel-hamilton/presidents-day-2014_b_47889...
♦ Presidents’ Day 2014: A Guide to Great Sales, The Fiscal Times http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/02/14/Presidents-Day-2014-Gu...
♦ Shoppers’ Guide to Presidents’ Day Sales, Fox Business, http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2014/02/14/shoppers-guide-to...
♦ Washington’s Birthday on Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington's_Birthday ♦ Lincoln’s Birthday on Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln's_Birthday
♦ How Abraham Lincoln lost his birthday holiday, ConstitutionCenter.org, http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2014/02/how-abraham-lincoln-lost-his-...
♦ Presidents Day, 2014, Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nigel-hamilton/presidents-day-2014_b_47889...
♦ The Key To It all/Lincoln’s Birthday, 2014, Townhall.com, http://townhall.com/columnists/paulgreenberg/2014/02/11/the-key-to-it-al...

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