President's Day

George Washington's Birthday, also known as Presidents' Day, is celebrated, on the third Monday in February, as a federal holiday. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the USA's first president, who was born on February 22, 1732. Washington's Birthday officially honors the life and work of George Washington.

About George Washington

  • Washington is often seen as the father of the United States George. He was the first president of the United States of America. His first term as president was from 1789 to 1793 and his second term from 1793 to 1797. Before he became president, he played important roles in the military, leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783.

  • Washington is probably the best known American politician ever, which can be seen in many places in the United States. The capital of the United States, Washington D.C and at least three universities are named after him.There is the portrait of him and three other American presidents carved into Mount Rushmore National Memorial. His image is also used on the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. The capital of the United States, Washington D.C

    Presidents' Day - Origin as Washington's Birthday

  • Most Americans on Monday will mark the so-called Presidents' Day holiday by enjoying a three-day weekend and taking advantage of the occasional retail sale.

  • But, contrary to popular belief, on a national level there is no such thing as Presidents' Day. The federal holiday is officially called "Washington's Birthday," and it celebrates George Washington, the country's first commander-in-chief.

  • Washington's birthday was observed every year as a federal holiday on Feb. 22 date of birth - up until 1968, when Congress passed a law to celebrate the first president on the third Monday in February instead.

  • The change was part of an effort to have three-day weekends to encourage "the spiritual and economic life of the nation," Congress noted, even though that meant the holiday could technically no longer be commemorated on Washington's actual birthday.

  • It's also not a "national holiday," as that concept doesn't really exist. George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. are the only two Americans whose birthdays are federal holidays in the U.S.

  • While there was one brief attempt in the 1950s to create a more-inclusive President's Day, the bill died in committee. It wasn't until the mid-1980s that Washington's Birthday expanded to include a celebration of Abraham Lincoln, and became known as President's Day. However, in many places the name change was an informal one, which means that some states still have wildly varying legal names for the holiday. For example,

  • Alabama calls it Washington and Jefferson Day

  • Virginia (Washington's home state) calls it George Washington Day.

    Public Life

    • Originally, President's Day meant that all stores, schools, and government offices were closed on the third Monday in February.

    • But many retail outlets, especially car dealerships, have turned the holiday into a major three-day sale weekend. In contrast, many schools now take an entire week off during February.

    President's Day Celebrations and Traditions

    • Mostly, families use the three-day weekend as an excuse for a short getaway, or they go shopping to take advantage of the sales.

    • Historical sites (especially in Virginia) hold a variety of celebrations and parades. Alexandria, Virginia, holds a month-long tribute to Washington, and a parade on his birthday.

    • It's also partially a holiday to honor veterans, as Washington was the inventor of the Purple Heart, and the medal bears his image.

    Visit a Presidential Landmark

    You can search for a place near your home where celebration is ongoing for the big event and pay a visit with the kids. You can take loads of pictures, enjoy open-air lunch and reminisce over the fabulous past history of your country.

    Have a President's Potluck

    Do you know that cherry pie was a George Washington favourite and Clinton just loves cheeseburgers? Do some research about the President's gastronomic interests and request your friends to bring one dish each that's a President's delight.

    Meet up at a museum

    Museums generally give heavy discount on the "President's Day weekend" and you can enjoy walking down the memory lane and paying homage to the shapers of the nation. Be it an art, natural history or war museum, you can find some displays in honor of the Presidents that appease your taste buds. Museums offer weekend celebration packages at a very affordable rate and you can spend quality time for a small price.

    Find a festival

    A whole lot of festivities take place throughout the country and you can plan to be a part of something that interests you. Sporting events like marathon are quite popular and you might also include yourself as a part of some activity like retelling of historical speeches of past presidents if it interests you. Washington DC hosts multitude of colorful programs that might captivate your interest.

    Kick the ball

    This is good news for soccer lovers as various events are held every year in small and large settings. You can get your adrenaline pumping by participating in a local soccer match or by watching a television casting whichever way you feel good. You can organize a charitable soccer event in your own locality and get everyone involved for some good cause.

    The likeness and name of George Washington can still be seen in many places in the United States. There is the portrait of him and three other American presidents carved into Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. His image is also used on the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. The capital of the United States, Washington D.C., Washington State and at least three universities are named after him.

    Washington's Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington's birth, on February 22. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.

    This holiday is legally designated as "Washington's Birthday". Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is the federal government's policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

    Presidents' Day Observances
    Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
    Mon Feb 20 2017 Presidents' Day Federal Holiday
    Tue Dec 26 2017 Washington's Birthday State holiday
    Mon Feb 19 2018 Presidents' Day Federal Holiday
    Mon Dec 24 2018 Washington's Birthday State holiday
    Mon Feb 18 2019/td> Presidents' Day Federal Holiday
    Mon Feb 17 2020 Presidents' Day Federal Holiday
  • Last Updated: 8th January, 2018