History of Presidents Day


Katelin VonFeldt, Reporter

Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the third monday of February which will  occur on Monday, February 15th 2021. Presidents Day was established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. Presidents Day became popular after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act as an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Congress proposed that Washington’s Birthday be renamed Presidents’ Day to honour the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln although Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated in many states, it was never an official federal holiday. Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change but it tended to grow on the American citizens. Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.