Presidents Day is a federal holiday honoring all U.S. presidents that were originally established in 1885.
This holiday is observed on 15 February this year, it will specifically mark the birthdays of George Washington the nation’s first president Abraham Lincoln led the country through the Civil War also Thomas Jefferson.
History of President’s Day
The holiday was originally created in 1885 to honor America’s first president, George Washington, who had a birthday in mid-February
during the debate of that bill, it was proposed that Washington’s Birthday be renamed Presidents Day to celebrate the birthdays of both Washington on Feb. 22 and Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12.
In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays.
The change was designed to schedule certain holidays so that workers had a number of long weekends throughout the year
but it has been opposed by those who believe that those holidays should be celebrated on the dates they actually commemorate.
In 1971, Richard M. Nixon made the executive order to pass the Uniform Monday Holiday Act
which shifted Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans’ Day to Monday.
With the date landing in the middle of Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday.
It became known as Presidents’ Day while having a simultaneous benefit for retail stores as they advertised their special sales events during this time.
By the mid-1980s, Presidents’ Day became the common term and continues to this day.