10 Facts About Presidents Day
10 Facts About Presidents Day 1.
Presidents Day occurs on the
third Monday of February.
Originally, the holiday
was meant to celebrate
President George Washington.
In 1879, President Rutherford B.
Hayes signed the observance of Washington's birthday into law.
It was the first nationally recognized federal bank holiday to celebrate the life of an American.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
was the second.
In 1932, the holiday was used to reinstate the
Purple Heart, which was created by Washington
to honor wounded or killed soldiers.
President Richard Nixon changed the date of the celebration in 1971 under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
The Act was an attempt to have more federal holidays fall on Mondays.
It also combined the celebration
of Washington's birthday with
Abraham Lincoln's birthday.
By the 1980s, Americans began to refer to the holiday as "Presidents Day" because marketers used the terms to advertise sales over three-day weekends.
By the early 2000s, half of the U.S. changed the name to "Presidents Day" on their calendars.
Today, it is considered to be a patriotic day of celebrating presidents of the past and present.