Of all the holidays we observe in America, Presidents Day is the goofiest.


Congress has never set aside this date as Presidents Day. Rather, a bill passed by Congress in 1971 and signed into law by then-President Richard Nixon designated the third Monday in February as the birthday of George Washington.


But this isn’t really Washington’s birthday, either (nor does this day ever fall on Washington’s birthday). He was actually born on Feb. 11, 1731 on the Old Style Calendar (which was changed to Feb. 22, 1732 on the New Style Calendar.)


Of course, the idea behind the bill signed by Nixon was to create another three-day weekend (although most folks not employed by the government still have to work today).


Anyway, this third Monday in February somehow has morphed into Presidents Day — and officially so in some states, but not nationally. Consequently, what we have now is something that has little or nothing to do with remembering Washington or, for that matter, Abraham Lincoln, the other great February-born president.


Richard Benedetto has more on this matter HERE.


And THIS ENTRY on Wikipedia also is instructive.


 

Of all the holidays we observe in America, Presidents Day is the goofiest.

Congress has never set aside this date as Presidents Day. Rather, a bill passed by Congress in 1971 and signed into law by then-President Richard Nixon designated the third Monday in February as the birthday of George Washington.

But this isn’t really Washington’s birthday, either (nor does this day ever fall on Washington’s birthday). He was actually born on Feb. 11, 1731 on the Old Style Calendar (which was changed to Feb. 22, 1732 on the New Style Calendar.)

Of course, the idea behind the bill signed by Nixon was to create another three-day weekend (although most folks not employed by the government still have to work today).

Anyway, this third Monday in February somehow has morphed into Presidents Day — and officially so in some states, but not nationally. Consequently, what we have now is something that has little or nothing to do with remembering Washington or, for that matter, Abraham Lincoln, the other great February-born president.

Richard Benedetto has more on this matter HERE.

And THIS ENTRY on Wikipedia also is instructive.