Why do we have this Holiday? It used to be Feb 12th for Abraham Lincoln's Birthday and Feb 22nd for George Washington's! Did the newer Presidents get their noses a little out of joint, as people did not declare their Birthdays National Holidays? Is it PC for Presidents...like no grades in school, so everyone will feel successful! Are All Presidents Great and Worthy/Deserving of this Tribute in their honor? Is it a tribute to all American Presidents or more a Winter Holiday for Kids, Teachers, Banks, the Post office and Sales or is it for us?
Well, here is what the all-knowing Washington Post says about this Holiday:
How did this holiday come to be ?
Washington’s actual birthday, Feb. 22, became a U.S. government holiday back in 1885. In the early 1950s, there was a movement led by a coalition of travel organizations to create three-day weekends by moving the celebration of some holidays to Mondays. One of the suggestions was to create a Presidents’ Day between Washington’s birthday and Lincoln’s birthday, which was a holiday in some states. A few states tried the new arrangement, but it was not universally adopted across the country. Also in the early 1950s there was a proposal to make March 4 — the original presidential inauguration day — a holiday to honor all presidents, but that went nowhere.
The National Holiday Act of 1971 passed by Congress created three-day weekends for federal employees by moving the celebration of some holidays to Mondays, although states did not have to honor them.
So, today, though the federal holiday is marked on the third Monday in February, there is no agreed-upon name, no universal agreement on who is being celebrated, and the use of the apostrophe in the name is varied: Sometimes it isn’t used at all (as in Presidents Day), sometimes it is placed between the last two letters (President’s Day) and sometimes it is after the last letter (Presidents’ Day).
Put all this together, and it seems fair to see that Presidents’ Day, or President’s Day, or Presidents Day, is a slightly strange holiday. ...more