PRESIDENTS' DAY 2023

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PRESIDENTS' DAY WEEKEND

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WHY DO WE CELEBRATE PRESIDENTS’ DAY?

This year, Presidents’ Day 2023 takes place on Monday, February 20th. Presidents’ Day is our chance to celebrate our nation’s leaders, past and present, no matter what side of the political spectrum they fall on. It’s a day to celebrate the position of commander-in-chief, along with the lofty historical figure’s who’ve stepped into the role. Presidents’ Day falls on the third Monday in February, every year.

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What is Presidents’ Day? A Historical Timeline

MID 1800s

WASHINGTON WAS (UNOFFICIALLY) CELEBRATED

Washington was seen as the most important figure in American history and unofficially celebrated through events like the construction of the Washington Monument.

LATE 1870s

Senator Dorsey Proposed the Holiday

Arkansas Senator Stephen Wallace Dorsey proposed a measure to make Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22) an official holiday.

1879

THE HOLIDAY BECAME OFFICIAL

President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill that officially recognized Washington’s birthday as a holiday in the District of Columbia.

1885

THE HOLIDAY BECAME WIDELY-RECOGNIZED

In 1885, Washington’s birthday officially became a federal holiday as it was expanded to the rest of America, not just the District of Columbia.

1968

THE UNIFORM MONDAY HOLIDAY ACT WAS SIGNED

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act moved Washington’s birthday to the 3rd Monday in February and informally changed its name to Presidents’ Day to also honor Abraham Lincoln.

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PRESIDENTS’ DAY FAQ

  • WHEN WAS PRESIDENTS’ DAY ESTABLISHED?

    1968. When the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was signed in 1968, many Americans began using the term “Presidents’ Day” as a way to honor not only Washington & Lincoln (whose birthdays sandwiched the holiday) but also as a way to reflect on all the country’s leaders.

  • WHO ESTABLISHED PRESIDENTS’ DAY?

    Presidents’ Day was established thanks to many different people and processes.

    • Arkansas Senator Stephen Wallace Dorsey first proposed that the nation celebrate Washington’s birthday as a holiday.
    • President Rutherford B. Hayes signed the original bill recognizing Washington’s birthday as a holiday.
    • Though the change to “Presidents’ Day” has Never been officially mandated, many people started using the term after Uniform Monday Holiday act was passed by Congress.
  • WHEN IS PRESIDENTS’ DAY?

    Presidents’ Day is always on the third Monday in February, thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. It comes in between Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12) and Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22). This year, if falls on February 21.

  • IS PRESIDENTS’ DAY A FEDERAL HOLIDAY?

    Yes! Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday. But that doesn’t stop many businesses from opening their doors to offer big savings during Presidents’ Day sales events.

  • WHAT IS CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY?

    Federal offices, like the DMV, courts, USPS, and city halls, will be closed. Most schools are also closed on Presidents’ Day. Many non-government businesses, like restaurants and retailers, will still be open.

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