Presidents’ Day

Author JL Huffman
2 min readFeb 19, 2024
Presidents’ Day

The holiday commemorating US Presidents is celebrated on the third Monday in February.

Washington Day

The tradition began informally in the 1800s, with an annual day honoring George Washington on his birthday. Washington Day became a national federal holiday in 1879, signed into law by President Rutherford B. Hayes. At this time, Congress rejected the idea of a Presidents’ Day that would include Abraham Lincoln.

Uniform Monday Holiday Act

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed by Congress in 1968: this action moved Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans’ Day to Monday.

Presidents Washington and Lincoln

The new ruling moved the holiday date midway between Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays, and thus, it became known as Presidents’ Day in the mid-1980s. The holiday currently remembers all US presidents, past and present.

Presidents’ Day Sales

Of course, business leaped at the chance for a new marketing opportunity. Today, Presidents’ Day sales events are widely advertised.

George Santayana Quote

Ideally, the holiday would be an excellent time to review historical facts about American presidents and what they have contributed to our nation. This knowledge gives us power; if we learn about our past, we can prevent repeating prior mistakes and capitalize on the successes.

US Presidents

Which president do you know the most/least about? Do you have a favorite (or unfavorite) president?

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Author JL Huffman

I’m a retired Trauma surgeon/ICU doctor, a world traveler and gardener. I’ve published in the surgical literature; now I’m writing poetry, memoir & fiction.