February 18, 2019
Every February, the United States celebrates Presidents' Day to honor all who have been elected to our nation's highest office. Presidents' Day began in the 1880s with celebrations of Washington's birthday. The Uniform Monday Holiday Bill passed by Congress in 1968 moved the holiday to the first Monday in February.
But Did You Know…
That it's still officially called Washington's Birthday by the federal government? During debate on the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, a proposal was made to rename Presidents' Day in honor of both Washington (February 22nd) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12th), but it was rejected. After 1971, Presidents' Day became the commonly accepted name, due in part to retailers' use of that name to promote sales and proximity to Lincoln's birthday.
That Washington's Birthday, February 22nd, can never occur on the public holiday? The holiday is observed on the third Monday in February, which cannot occur any later than February 21st.
That even though Presidents' Day is a federal holiday, each state is free to call it what they choose and how to celebrate?
That the highest office in the country could have be called something other than President? Other suggested titles included "His Elective Majesty," "His Mightiness," and even "His Highness, the President of the United States of America and the Protector of their Liberties." In the end, it was decided against a monarchical name or anything lavish for the new country of "we the people."
That George Washington was the only president unanimously elected? All of the state representatives voted for him.
That James Madison and George Washington are the only presidents who signed the Constitution?
That three Presidential founding fathers died on July 4th? John Adams died on the same day as Thomas Jefferson, July 4th, 1826. This day was also the 50th anniversary of the approval of the Declaration of Independence! James Monroe was the 5th president, but the 3rd to die on the 4th of July.