Washington and Lincoln still remain the two most recognized leaders, but Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
Some believe not all presidents deserved a special recognition.
Four chief executives—George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were born in February.
According to the Julian calendar, Washington was born February 11, 1732. The Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752, changing Washington’s birthday to February 22.
16 states celebrate Presidents Day, and another 15 states observe Washington’s Birthday. Nine states don’t observe a holiday on the third Monday in February.
In 17 states it’s Presidents’ Day (plural possessive), in five states it’s Presidents Day (plural), and in four states it’s President’s Day (singular possessive).
Many parks stage reenactments and pageants in their honor.
Visit Mt. Vernon, VA, Washington’s ancestral home and place of both he and his wife Martha’s tomb. Admission is free on President’s Day.
Since 1888, Washington’s Farewell Address has been read aloud in the U.S. Senate on February 22nd.
Some schools, which used to close for a single day for both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday, now often close for the entire week (beginning with the Monday holiday) as a “mid-winter recess”.