Presidents Day

George Washington

Presidents Day is celebrated in the United States on the third Monday of February.  The holiday started in 1879.  It was intended to celebrate George Washington’s birthday on February 22nd.  George Washington was one of the key leaders of the American Revolution. He was also the first president of the United States.  In 1874, Americans also began celebrating Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12.  Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He led the northern states in a war against the southern states.

Nowadays, some states honor Washington while others celebrate Lincoln on Presidents Day.  Some celebrate Lincoln, Washington, and Thomas Jefferson.  There is no consensus among American states about who should be celebrated on this day.  The holiday is also sometimes called “Washington’s Birthday” in some states while others call it “Presidents Day” and still others use “President’s Day”.

The day is an official holiday in every state.  Although almost all American companies used to give their employees the day off, this is no longer the case.  Many stores are now open on Presidents Day.  There are many sales. Electronics and cars are cheaper to buy because they are sold at a discount.  Schools and universities also used to close for Presidents Day.  Now, however, many of them remain open and regular classes are held.