On the third Monday of February every year, we celebrate President’s Day. This year is on February 20.
After the death of George Washington, people celebrated his birthday annually in honor of his contributions to this country, which turned into an unofficial holiday called Washington Day.
In 1832, a resolution permitted the removal of Washington’s body in the Capitol in Washington D.C. Later on, in 1848, the Washington Monument led to a bigger celebration across the nation.
In the late 1870s, Steven Wallace Dorsey indicated that Washington’s birthday should become a federal holiday. In 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes passed this law, claiming President’s Day should celebrate both Washington and Abraham Lincoln due to Lincoln’s legacy, however, the Congress rejected this opinion.
Washington’s birthday didn’t officially announced as a national federal holiday until the late 1960s. Senator Robert McClory of Illinois demonstrated moving key bank holidays to Mondays, with the purpose of increasing the number of three-day weekends because of the Uniform Monday’s Act.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon signed the executive order to pass the Uniform Monday’s Act, which shifted Washington’s birthday, Columbus Day, Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day to every Monday.
By the mid-1980s, President’s Day has progressively become a common holiday until today.
A lot of people will get today off from work. With that being said, the purpose of having a three-day weekend is to inspire greater productivity and efficiency nationwide.
On this day, all the presidents in U.S. history will be remembered for their countless efforts for making America a better country around the world. You can dive into the history of each U.S. president and learn something new.
In addition to showing admiration for those American presidents, you can also look for some great deals on home furniture and appliances on President’s Day, which seems to be the holiday with the best deals for those kinds of items.