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 February 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.
The holiday is now celebrated every year on the 3rd Monday in February, an attempt to create more 3 day weekends for the nation’s workers, and to celebrate all US presidents.
We honor our nation’s leaders on money, through monuments in Washington, D.C. and in other famous places like Mount Rushmore.
Many areas have schools named after our nation’s leaders, another way to show honor.
A few fun Presidential Facts in honor of President’s Day!!
- George Washington’s teeth were made from elephant and walrus tusks, not wood.
- John Adams was the first President to live in the White House.
- Andrew Jackson was the first President to ride in a train.
- Abraham Lincoln was the tallest President, First President to be assassinated.
- Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest person ever to be President.
- Harry S. Truman read every book in his hometown library.
- Jimmy Carter was the first President born in a hospital.
- George W. Bush has a collection of over 250 signed baseballs.