Presidents' Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The national holiday, Presidents’ Day, is observed to celebrate George Washington's birthday. America's first president was born on February 22, 1732. After Washington's death, our nation began celebrating his birthday as a way to remember his life and how he contributed to establishing America's independence.
In 1865, the year after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, America began celebrating Lincoln’s birthday on February 12th. Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal public holidays. In 1971, President Richard Nixon considered combining the two holidays into one. There was however reluctance in doing this. So, while some states honor Lincoln on this day, the Federal holiday is still to observe George Washington's Birthday.
Presidents' Day weekend is a great time to visit Washington, DC and pay tribute to America's most famous leaders. Special festivities and parades honoring George Washington, are held in the Washington DC area and other states throughout the weekend.
Most businesses are open as usual, and many stores hold sales on Washington's Birthday. Delivery services, except for the Post Office, have a regular service and many, but not all, public transit systems operate on regular schedules. Some schools close for the whole week for a mid-winter recess.
George Washington was the first president of the United States of America. His first term as president was from 1789 to 1793 and his second term from 1793 to 1797. Before he became president, he played several important roles in the military, leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783.
Washington is often seen as the father of the United States and is probably the best known American politician ever.The likeness and name of George Washington can still be seen in many places in the United States. There is the portrait of him and three other American presidents carved into Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. His image is also used on the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. The capital of the United States, Washington D.C., Washington State and at least three universities are named after him.
Assassinate: Kill (an important person) in a surprise attack for political or religious reasons.
Honor: Regard with great respect. Pay Public respect to.
Tribute: An act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration.
Phenomena: An occurrence that can be observed
Written by Ekta Kapur