Why Presidents Day isn't really a national holiday

Posted February 21, 2017

The day is a state holiday in most states, with official names including Washington's Birthday, Presidents' Day, Presidents' Day, and Washington's and Lincoln's Birthday.

In the United States, today's observance remains officially named George Washington's Birthday, which has been observed as a legal holiday since 1885 and a Monday holiday since 1971.

Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, and was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. He was the first person in America to have a federal holiday established by Congress in 1879, named for him in celebration of his contribution to founding this nation and serving as its first president. Only eight sessions saw the Dow close lower on Washington's birthday.

And, until the holiday was placed permanently on a Monday, it was observed on February 22 each year. In 17 states it was Presidents' Day (plural possessive), in five states it was Presidents Day (plural), and in four states it was President's Day (singular possessive).

Some states used to celebrate Lincoln's Birthday on February 12th. Technically, the name of the holiday as President's Day is more of a misnomer, and it should have been corrected in the legislation. 22 as a federal holiday.

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What's the problem? Some people call today "Presidents' Day". He deserves this special holiday for helping what this country and that office became. "A number of states also require that their public schools spend the days leading up to Presidents' Day teaching students about the accomplishments of the presidents, often with a focus on the lives of Washington and Lincoln'".

One of the old traditions in celebrating this holiday was a reading of Washington's Farewell Address.

In the legislative branch, the House of Representatives is the accelerator and the Senate is the brake; the Supreme Court, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are pretty much all brake; the presidency is a kind of hybrid, sometimes pressing for needful reform and action, sometimes standing in Congress' way when it is rash or overly ambitious. Too few understand how unique our political system is and how the incredible bounty we enjoy can be laid at the feet of Washington.

"Yes, it is. Happy Presidents' Day".