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Presidents’ Day

12. February 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

The United States celebrates Presidents’ Day, also known as Washington’s Birthday, on the third Monday in February. President’s Day honors two of America’s greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well as the general office of the Presidency.

 

Officials chose the third Monday in February for Presidents’ Day because it falls between Lincoln’s birthday (February 12th) and Washington’s birthday (February 22nd). This year, Presidents’ Day falls on Monday, February 15th.


To celebrate, many American communities hold parades and festivals honoring George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other important presidents. There is no uniform tradition, every state and town celebrates the holiday their own way. 


In the past, most businesses closed on Presidents’ Day. However, this is no longer the case. In fact, many stores, especially car dealerships, have big sales on the holiday and now only banks, government offices, and schools take the day off. Businesses begin advertising Presidents’ Days sales several days in advance, and many Americans go shopping on Presidents’ Day to take advantage of the great bargains.


Though the holiday has evolved over the years, the United States has celebrated Presidents’ Day since 1880 and it is an important part of American culture.