Why Do We Celebrate Presidents Day?
Why Do We Celebrate Presidents Day?

Why Do We Celebrate, Presidents Day?.


, Presidents Day occurs on the third Monday of February.

2, Originally, the holiday was meant to celebrate President George Washington's birthday.



, 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.

9, By the early 2000s, half of the U.S. changed the name to "Presidents Day" on their calendars.

10, Today, it is considered to be a patriotic day of celebrating presidents of the past and present