President’s Day is the most common holiday name for George Washington’s Birthday. It is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February in honor of President Washington.
President’s Day was originally implemented by an Act of Congress in 1879 for all government offices in the District of Columbia, and was celebrated on his actual birthday. On January 1, 1971, the federal holiday was shifted to the 3rd Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established the observance of certain holidays (like Memorial Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day) on Mondays.
- President’s Day is the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen.
- The federal holiday never occurs on President Washington’s actual birthday (February 22).
- Contrary to popular belief, President Lincoln’s birthday is not celebrated as a federal holiday, and is not “part of” President’s Day.
- As many businesses are closed for Presidents Day, it’s a great time to offer promotions or special events in your store or restaurant, as you may be busier than any other Monday.
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