What is Presidents’ Day?

No School Friday & Monday


Beatriz Herrera, Reporter

This weekend is a four-day weekend to observe Presidents’ Day which falls on Monday, as well as our 16th president, President Lincoln’s Birthday which was February 12. Presidents’ Day, officially Washington’s Birthday falls on the third Monday in February. George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. The holiday became popularly known as “Presidents’ Day” after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which was an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Some states celebrated different holidays honoring the birthdays of many of our most famous presidents but Presidents’ Day is a day where we celebrate ALL of the presidents we had in the past and we currently have. As a federal holiday, many banks and schools are closed in observance of Presidents’ Day. Presidents’ day is celebrated on the third Monday of February in all the United States. This is one of the many ways we thank and honor all of our presidents and the wonderful things they did for the country. Presidents’ Day began in the 1880s. Yet, in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. Uniform Monday Holiday Bill is an Act of Congress that permanently moved three Federal holidays in the United States to the third Monday. These holidays are Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, and that made Columbus Day a federal holiday, also permanently on a Monday.