How much do you know about the federal holiday? Don’t worry because we’ve got your back… this what President’s Day is all about.
Celebrated on the third Monday of February, this year, President’s Day falls on February 22, 2017. It is a federal holiday which means it is a public holiday celebrated by the United States.
How did it start?
After President George Washington’s death in 1799, his birthday (February 22) became a day of remembrance for the most important figure in American history. Most of the 1800s, Washington’s birthday was an unofficial observance not until it was made a federal holiday in 1885. Initially, the holiday only applied to the nation’s capital but later expanded to the rest of the country finally it becoming a federal holiday.
In 1971, it was moved as a part of the Uniform Holiday Act (an observance of certain holidays on Mondays to have more three-day weekends for the nation’s worker) and had since then known as Presidents’ Holiday in honor of two of the country’s President (Lincoln’s birthday also falls on February). Other states are still honoring the birthdays of Washington, Lincoln, and other figures in individual holidays but the majority of the population considers Presidents’ Day as a day for all the past and present U.S. Presidents.
How is it celebrated?
Just like the 4th of July celebration, it is viewed as a patriotic celebration and day of remembrance. Historical groups stage celebrations and reenactments. On days leading to the federal holiday, public schools teach students about the accomplishments of the presidents with the main focus on Washington and Lincoln. It is a great opportunity for educational institutions and civil groups to instill patriotism through the teaching of the history of the United States and the social responsibility each and every person have as a citizen of the nation. Workers and children get to have a day off for the special holiday.
The holiday is also often accompanied by huge sales and special promotions from businesses. Retailers and consumers alike find a way to take advantage of this special day. Sales are often on tech and goods for the home. Delivery services are unaffected except for post offices and some transit system operations. But President’s Day shouldn’t be an excuse for shopping sales, let us not forget the real deal here.
The true spirit of the holiday should never be overshadowed and must be remembered, given salutation, and respect to the “Founding Fathers” of the country.