President’s Day

by Kiley Bacon

Presidents day is federal holiday.  It is a day were Americans celebrate George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays.  Some states celebrate President’s Day but some do not observe the third Monday tradition. Other states pay particular attention to Abraham Lincoln’s birthday which is February 12th.  According to some government sources Indiana observes Washington’s birthday in December, but his actual birthday is February 22nd.  Washington’s birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880s, and was a Federal holiday in 1885.  Many times President’s Day falls during the February break for schools.  Presidents Day is a day where stores  start their sales.  This US Federal holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of February each year.

Do you know when Washington’s first terms as president was?  It was  from 1789 to 1793 and his second term was from 1793 to 1997. Before Washington became president he played important roles in the military leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783 at Yorktown, Virginia.  Washington face is carved into the Mount Rushmore, South Dakota along with Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt.