Monday, February 20, 2017 - George Washington's Birthday (Presidents Day)
President's Day is a holiday in the United States. The event is celebrated every year on the third Monday in the month of February in honor of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The federal government still officially refers to the day as "Washington's Birthday".
The origin of the President's Day can be traced back to 1880. One of the most respected figures in the U.S. history, George Washington died on December 14, 1799, and his birthday in 1800 became a day of remembrance. However, it was in the late 1870s that the day began to be observed as a federal holiday. The measure to turn the day into a federal holiday was first proposed by Arkansas Senator Steven Wallace Dorsey and in 1879 was signed into a law by President Rutherford B. Hayes. Though the holiday was in the beginning only observed in the District of Colombia, by 1885 it was expanded to the entire United States.
How is the day celebrated in the United States ?
President's day is an important day in the country and every year millions of workers and school children around the country get a day off. A number of patriotic and historical groups organize celebrations, reenactments and other interesting events on this day. In a number of states during the days preceding the President's Day, children are taught about the achievements that have been made by the various Presidents of the country; however, the focus is mainly on the two leading figures - George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is commemorated on February 12. Activities are held in schools such as students have to create a picture book of the various presidents. Many creative activities also include designing a new presidential monument or kids just have to imagine as to what they would do if they were the president for a day. On this day, public ceremonies are also held in Washington D.C. and across the entire country.
There are a number of places, which people can visit on this day to get a glimpse of the two great leaders who were born in the same month. The George Washington Birthplace National Monument in VA holds celebrations on both days - President's Day and the actual birthday of the first President. The other place to visit is Mount Vernon. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Indiana celebrates Lincoln Day every year on a Sunday that is closest to February 12. Special birthday programs are also held at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Illinois.
Last Updated on: September 28th, 2017