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Today Is Presidents’ Day… Or Is It?

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Are you working today?  Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday primarily designed to celebrate the birthday of President George Washington.  Actually, it’s not really called Presidents’ Day.  According to the federal government, it is Washington’s Day.

Historically, Washington’s Day was always celebrated on February 22nd until the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971 moved this holiday, along with others, to Mondays to give federal workers more three-day weekends.

Now, Washington’s Day, referred to more commonly as President’s Day or Presidents’ Day, is celebrated on the third Monday in February and typically honors all of the nation’s past and present Presidents.  The name change never officially happened.  Washington lawmakers tried to make it happen when they moved the holiday to Mondays and failed to approve it.  So, why do we call it Presidents’ Day?  You can thank big business for that.

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