President’s Day

Washington’s birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Colloquially, it is widely known as “Presidents Day” and is often an occasion to remember all the presidents, not just George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is also in February.  The term “Presidents Day” was informally coined in a deliberate attempt to use the holiday to honor multiple presidents and is virtually always used that way today.

With official names including Presidents’ Day, President’s Day and Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday, the day is also a state holiday in most states. It officially celebrates, depending upon the state, Washington alone, Washington and Lincoln, or some other combination of U.S. presidents. Some states celebrate Washington and the third president Thomas Jefferson but not Lincoln. Both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays are in February. (reproduced from Wikipedia.) Any visitor to Washington D.C will soon realize not only are Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson memorialized with world famous monuments but as one travels D.C. you will find memorials to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Regan, Gerald Ford, and Dwight Eisenhower plus I’m sure others that I may not have discovered yet.

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