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President’s Day trivia: 55 unknown facts about this American holiday!

President’s Day is a federal holiday for the America and one of their national holiday!

You ever wandered what America is celebrating on this day? Let’s find out together!

  1. President’s Day is a celebration of George Washington’s Birthday
  2. It is a United States federal holiday
  3. It is celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington
  4. George Washington is the first President of the United States
  5. He was born on February 22, 1732
  6. Since the Uniform Federal Holidays Act of 1971, its observance can occur between February 15 and February 21 inclusive
  7. Colloquially, the day is also now widely known as Presidents’ Day
  8. It is often an occasion to honor the incumbent president and all persons who have served as president
  9. Not just George Washington
  10. The day is a state holiday in most states
  11. There are many official names
  12. They include Washington’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, President’s Day, and Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday
  13. Depending upon the specific law, the state holiday might officially celebrate Washington alone
  14. Or Washington and Abraham Lincoln (whose birthday is February 12)
  15. Or some other combination of U.S. presidents (such as Washington and the third president Thomas Jefferson, who was born in April)
  16. Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, was never a federal holiday
  17. Nearly half of the state governments have officially renamed their Washington’s Birthday observances as “Presidents’ Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day”, or other such designations
  18. In historical rankings of Presidents of the United States Lincoln and Washington are frequently, but not always, the top two presidents
  19. However, “Presidents’ Day” is not always an all- inclusive term
  20. It might refer to only a selection of presidents
  21. Because “Presidents’ Day” is not the official name of the federal holiday there is variation in how it is rendered
  22. Both colloquially and in the name of official state holidays
  23. When used with the intention of celebrating more than one individual, the form “Presidents’ Day” was usual in the past
  24. In recent years, as the use of attributive nouns has become more widespread
  25. The form “Presidents Day” has become more common
  26. The Associated Press Stylebook, most newspapers and some magazines use this form
  27. “President’s Day” as an alternate rendering of “Washington’s Birthday”
  28. Or for the purpose of commemorating the presidency as an institution
  29. This is a proper use of a possessive
  30. It is the legal spelling in eight states
  31. But it is a misspelling if meant to refer to more than one president
  32. It depends on where the apostrophe is
  33. Several states honor presidents with official state holidays that do not fall on the third Monday of February
  34. In Massachusetts, the state officially celebrates “Washington’s Birthday” on the same day as the Federal holiday
  35. State law also directs the governor to issue an annual “Presidents Day” proclamation on May 29
  36. May 29 is John F. Kennedy’s birthday
  37. With that they honor the presidents with Massachusetts roots: Kennedy, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Calvin Coolidge
  38. In California, Connecticut, Missouri, and Illinois, Washington’s Birthday is a federal holiday
  39. Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is still a state holiday
  40. It falls on February 12 regardless of the day of the week
  41. In New Mexico, Presidents’ Day, at least as a state- government paid holiday, is observed on the Friday following Thanksgiving
  42. In Georgia, Presidents’ Day, at least as a state- government paid holiday, is observed on Christmas Eve
  43. It is observed on the prior Thursday if Christmas falls on Saturday
  44. Or it is observed on the prior Friday if Christmas falls on a Sunday
  45. If December 24 is a Wednesday, then this holiday is observed on Friday December 26
  46. Similarly, in Indiana, Washington’s Birthday is observed on Christmas Eve
  47. Or the day preceding the weekend if Christmas falls on Saturday or Sunday
  48. While Lincoln’s Birthday is the day after Thanksgiving
  49. George Washington was born on February 11, 1731 at his parents’ Pope’s Creek Estate near Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia
  50. By the mid- 1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents’ Day” began its public appearance
  51. In Washington’s adopted hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, celebrations are held throughout February
  52. An early draft of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act would have renamed the holiday “Presidents’ Day” to honor the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln
  53. This would explain why the chosen date falls between the two
  54. This proposal failed in committee
  55. The bill was voted on and signed into law on June 28, 1968, keeping the name “Washington’s Birthday”

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