The holiday also honors President Abraham Lincoln, who was born on February 12, 1809, and invites celebrants to honor all who have served in the country's highest office.
According to the federal government's Office of Personnel Management online listing of holidays, the holiday that falls on the third Monday in February is George Washington's Birthday and not Presidents' Day. Pictured here are the sculptured heads of the American presidents, from left to right, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, carved into Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, as a "shrine of democracy".
"What if we don't want to celebrate all presidents?" Presidents Day celebrates the birthday of George Washington, who was born on February 22, 1732 and was the first president of the United States.
Born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, Washington's birthday was moved to February 22, 1732 when Britain and all of its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar. Another possible day would be September 22 the day Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which marked the beginning of the end of slavery in America.
The tally showed that approximately 16 states celebrated Presidents Day, and another 15 states observe Washington's Birthday. Especially this year. Many look to it as a honoring of our former and current presidents. Around half the states have state holidays honoring both Lincoln and Washington today. The date for the annual federal holiday was established by Congress with the Monday Holidays Act, which went into effect in 1971. About a half-dozen states recognize it as a holiday.
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As the first President of the United States, Washington's birthday marks a day when all presidents typically receive an indirect performance review of their term or terms served.
In other words, while most of us have the day off, liberals are treating Presidents Day as just another day with a "Y" in it... And if you glance at your calendar, it's probably there, too. 22 as a federal holiday.
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