Ah, Presidents' Day. An extra day off work, for which I am thoroughly grateful since the recent bout of ice rendered my porch steps treacherous. However, when I gave it some thought, I realized I only knew two things about this national holiday: it honors Presidents Washington and Lincoln, and it's a national holiday. That fact prompted me to do some quick research. One of my go-to sites for all-things-history is History.com. Here's what I discovered:
1. The holiday not only honors Washington and Lincoln, whose birthdays are in February, but it also honors all presidents. For better or worse, that includes Obama.
2. It was originally, however, a day designated to honor George Washington, and therefore recognized as Washington's Birthday.
3. It was the first holiday set aside to celebrate the life of an individual (George Washington). Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day is the second.
4. Thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, it is now celebrated on the third Monday in February and not on Washington's actual birthday.
5. While most celebrate with a day of rest or catching up on incomplete chores, others celebrate with staged celebrations and reenactments.
Check out the informative article on History.com, and then watch this video about Presidential facts.
Until the next post . . . keep smiling!
History.com Staff. "Presidents' Day." History.com. A&E Networks, 2010. Web. 15 Feb. 2016.