Posted 10 months ago
By John Axtell
Monday is George Washington’s Birthday…Presidents Day in some states…a national holiday. Federal, state, and county offices are closed, there is no mail delivery, and banks and other financial institutions are closed. Some cities and school districts observe the holiday, others do not.
Although most people and most calendars refer to this as Presidents Day, the official federal designation is Washington’s Birthday…moved from his actual birth date of February 22nd to the 3rd Monday of the month in 1971 under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
About a dozen states have officially adopted the Presidents Day name…most to also recognize Abraham Lincoln, but some to honor all the men who’ve held the office.
Washington’s Birthday was the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, beginning in 1880 for federal offices in Washington, DC, then expanded 5 years later to include all federal offices.
Lincoln’s birthday…also in February…was never a federal holiday, although it was observed by many states until the 1971 federal law.