Here are a few fun facts about how President’s Day started and how it is celebrated:
1. Turns out that President’s Day started out as two separate holidays to celebrate Washington and Lincoln on their birthdays as two extremely influential and important presidents in our history. These two birthday celebrations were consolidated into one holiday called President’s Day in 1971. Read more here.
2. President’s Day is NOT the actually name of the holiday (technically). It is still known as Washington’s Birthday, according to the federal government and section 6103(a) of title 5 of the U.S. Code. (source)
3. Some lawmakers have objected to the grouping of President’s Day as a day to honor all our Presidents. Believing that grouping Washington and Lincoln together with less successful presidents minimizes their legacies. Congressional measures to restore the individual birthdays were proposed in the 2000s, but all failed to gain much attention.
4. Like other historical American holidays, Presidents’ Day is traditionally viewed as a time of patriotic celebration and remembrance. A number of states even require that their public schools spend the days leading up to Presidents’ Day teaching students about the accomplishments of the presidents, often with a focus on the lives of Washington and Lincoln.
So, what do you think? Should we all dress up as former president’s and be asked trivia all day long? I think that would be a great way to learn about our presidents.
Happy President’s Day!