Presidents’ Day In the United States: When Is ? And Why Do We Celebrate It?

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            Presidents’ Day In the United States: It is celebrated in the memory of Sir George Washington. It is a Federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. On this day People of The United States honors president of the united states, including George Washington. Citizens remembered him on his actual birthday, February 22.
George Washington was the first president of the united states. He served as a president from 1789 to 1793 and the second time served from 1793 to 1797. He is an American political leader, a military general who leads the American army to victory over the British in 1783 and established the new federal government in America for his great leadership during the American Revolution, he has been called the ”Father of his Country”.

Early Years of George Washington

He was born on Feb 22, 1732, at popes creek in Westmoreland County, Virginia.  His father name was Augustine Washington he was a planter and slaveholder. Washington’s mother name was Mary Ball Washington his family was a wealthy family they hold slave partners in Virginia. His great grandfather established Popes Creek tobacco plantation, and accumulate lands and slaves. He received his formal education at the Fredericksburg school of Anglican clergyman James Mayre. He was very influenced by his brother Lawrence at Mount Vernon and Belvoir, William Fairfax’s slaves. In 1748, Fairfax sent Washington with a surveying party .in 1749, Washington received a surveyors license from the College of William and Mary then he launched a career as a surveyor. By the time 1752, he accumulated 2315 acres in the Shenandoah Valley.

He then became a leader of the Virginia militia in the French and Indian war. During the revolutionary war, he was unanimously appointed commander chief of the army. Washington was unanimously elected president by the Electoral college in the first two national elections.

What do people do on presidents day?

On this day people remember and honors the life and the work of George Washington and honor all the persons who served as president.  Most states in the United States have adopted Washington’s birthday as Presidents’ Day. It was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880 then it was made a federal holiday in 1885  to the whole country. In the late 1960s, Congress suggested the uniform Monday holiday act. This change moves the celebration from February 22 to a Monday, in order to create more three days weekends and to increase up retails sales.

While some states give honors to Abraham Lincoln, and one of the reasons for changing the date is also honored Abraham Lincoln on the same day as his birthday also comes in mid -February. It is a popular day for stores to start their sales. The law took effect in 1971, half of the states have changed the name to Presidents’ Day. But some places like Virginia, Illinois and new york still recognize it as “George Washington Day”

In the following states and possessions, Washington’s Birthday is an official state holiday and known as:

Using “president”

  • Presidents’ Day in Hawaii, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Washington
  • President’s Day in Alaska, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming
  • Presidents Day in Nevada, New Jersey, and Oregon
  • Washington’s Birthday/President’s Day in Maine
  • Lincoln/Washington/Presidents’ Day in Arizona

Washington alone

  • George Washington Day in Virginia
  • Washington’s Birthday in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Louisiana, and New York

Washington and Lincoln

  • Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthday in Montana
  • Washington–Lincoln Day in Colorado, Ohio
  • Washington and Lincoln Day in Utah
  • Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday in Minnesota

Washington and another person

  • George Washington/Thomas Jefferson Birthday in Alabama
  • George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bate Day in Arkansas

Unspecified

  • “The third Monday in February” in California and Lincoln’s birthday is explicitly named as a separate holiday
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