When is President's Day? Since 1968, it is observed on the third Monday in February
Americans have been blessed. Many great men have served as president of our nation. President’s Day is a day set aside to honor all of them. We often think of two great presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln when we celebrate this holiday, as it falls by design between their birthdays. However, today is a tribute to each and every person who has ever served in the office of the President of the United States of America.
President’s Day is a national holiday, While Federal employees, the post office, and banks have the day off, most businesses and industries do not recognize it as a paid holiday.
Our Two Greatest Presidents
George Washington was the Commanding General of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He led the army to defeat British forces freeing the 13 new states from colonial rule. He went on to become the first president of the fledgling United States of America.
Abraham Lincoln was president during the Civil War. After the southern states seceded from the Union war broke out over slavery and states rights. Abraham Lincoln led our country over the long and painful four-year war. Lincoln ended slavery in the country. On April 15, 1865, he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
How to Celebrate President's Day
- Learn more about our great U.S. Presidents.
- Pick a U.S. president you are not very familiar with and learn more about him.
“Laws made by common consent, must not be trampled by individuals.” – – George Washington
History and Origin of President's Day
President’s Day was established in 1885 to honor George Washington, our first president. It was moved to the third Monday of February as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This act created several three-day holiday weekends.
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