PRESIDENTS' DAY 2022

COMMEMORATING OUR COMMANDERS

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WHY DO WE CELEBRATE PRESIDENTS’ DAY?

You may think you could do a better job, but being Commander in Chief isn’t so easy. 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. Get off your high-elephant or -donkey and show some respect.

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PRESIDENTS’ DAY HISTORY

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

A SENATOR PROPOSED A 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.

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FEATURED PRESIDENTS’ DAY ARTICLES

Which Presidents Did Not Serve in the Military?

Introduction Today, we’re here to learn about the cream of the CRAP – or LAUGH at them! That’s right! We’re...
Introduction Today, we’re here to learn about the cream of the CRAP – or LAUGH at them! That’s right! We’re talking about what US presidents did not serve in the military. Before we can laugh too much, though, we have to find out exactly which presidents did not serve in the military. People like to laugh at some of the more recent presidents for their lack of military service, but Commanders-in-Chief like Biden and Trump were far from the first presidents to forgo military service. Hate to break it to ya! You’ll just have to come up with some other piece of mud to sling at the other side of the fence! So let’s dive into the list of what presidents did not serve in...

3 Stories of Presidents Who Served in the Military (2022 Edition)

Introduction Presidents’ Day is upon us, which means it’s time to dive into some seriously interesting stories about our nation’s...

57 Fun Facts About Presidents That You Never Knew (2022 Edition)

Introduction Think you’re a history buff? Let’s test that theory! We’ve got a sh*t ton of fun facts about presidents waiting...

What Is Presidents’ Day? Honoring Our Nation’s Leaders

Introduction Happy Presidents’ Day! Is that even a thing people say? Wait… What is Presidents’ Day exactly? Well, if you’re...
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