President’s Day, also known as Washington’s Birthday is a federal holiday celebrated annually on the third Monday in February. This holiday is traditionally celebrated on the 22nd of February – the Birthday of George Washington and the holiday became known afterwards as President’s Day a day to honor the lives and birthdays of all presidents of the United States. The President’s day was originally established in 1885 during the American Revolution and a time when America produced its first president. It was then moved to a Monday (some federal holidays were also moved) when the congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill.
What do People do on the President’s Day?
Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day) was designed to officially honor the work and life of George Washington the first American President. On such day, past presidents of the United States are remembered and celebrated. During the commemoration, some states specifically celebrate Washington’s Birthday while pay particular attention to the birthday of Abraham Lincoln as his birthday was also in February.
Days and weeks before the President’s Day, schools usually organize lessons and events designed to educate students about the past presidents of U.S. and in particular, the life of George Washington. The day also provides a perfect time for stores to open and make good sales. Delivery services, aside the Post Office, go about their activities normally. Transit systems also operate using their regular schedules while some schools remain closed for the week.
The President’s Day – Where to Visit
There is a traditional annual celebration of the Washington’s Birthday on the President’s Day at the George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument in Virginia. Guests in attendance enjoy the special colonial activities that hold throughout the day. There are also a number of sites maintained by the National Park Service for the commemoration of other past presidents of U.S such as John Quincy Adams, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ulysses Grant, Martin Van Buren, Dwight Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, William Taft, Bill Clinton, and Thomas Jefferson. Mount Rushmore, Mount Vernon, and military parks also provide inspiring experiences for visitors to have a fun-filled commemoration.
Today, the President’s Day is celebrated by many historical and patriotic groups for reenactments and colonial events. It is a requirement in some states that the days leading up to the commemorations are used for the educating students about the achievements of past presidents, with particular focus on the accomplishments of Lincoln and Washington.