Our facts about Presidents Day will tell you the most interesting things to know about this time. You’ll discover how it got started and other fun information.
Presidents Day Facts
- Presidents Day is celebrated every third Monday of February and is a federal holiday.
- It was originally established in 1885 on George Washington’s Birthday, February 22, 1732.
- Washington’s Birthday was observed unofficially throughout the 1800s and, by the 1870s, was made into a federal holiday.
- In 1968, it was moved to the third Monday in February because of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
- The date for the celebration this year is February 20th, 2023.
- The holiday was created in order to help make more three-day weekends for workers.
- The holiday was only recognized in the District of Columbia until 1885 when it became recognized across the nation.
- Washington’s birthday was the first federal holiday to celebrate a person’s life.
- Uniform Monday Holiday Act not only moved the date of Presidents Day, but it also moved the dates of Columbus Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans.
- Most banks and schools are closed on Presidents Day. The NASDAQ, New York Stock Exchange, and the Post Office are also closed on this day.
- Because Presidents Day is on the third Monday of February, it can only be celebrated between February 15th and February 21st.
- Some states refer to Presidents Day by other names such as Washington’s Birthday, Washington and Lincoln Day, or other names.
- Delaware is one of a few states that does not officially observe Washington’s Birthday as a federal holiday.
- Some states honor all Presidents on Presidents Day, while others may honor only Washington, Lincoln, or both.
- In 2024, the holiday will be celebrated on February 19th, and in 2025, it will be celebrated on February 17th.
Other fun facts about Presidents
- George Washington was the only president to be unanimously elected, with all state representatives voting for him.
- The only two US presidents who signed the Constitution were George Washington and James Madison.
- The tallest president ever was Abraham Lincoln, who was 6’4.
- The first president ever to appear on television was Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- The youngest person ever elected as president was John F Kennedy, while the youngest person to serve as president was Teddy Roosevelt.
- President Biden is the oldest person to be elected and serve as president.
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