A few days ago it was Feb. 12, the specific date of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday—on Feb. 22 we have the specific date of George Washington’s birthday. Our current president’s birthday is further down the year on Aug. 4 but the President’s Day acknowledgement in February is designed to celebrate all U.S. Presidents past and present.
Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on Feb. 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.