Sunday, February 17, 2013

Happy President’s Day - 2013

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By Diane Forrest

For February being such a short month, it is packed full of holidays!  The month starts with Groundhog Day, he saw his shadow, which meant an early spring. But I guess Mother Nature didn't get the memo it’s snowing up north, and very cold here in the south.  Then on the 14th we celebrate Valentines Day, and now its President's Day!  This day is on the list of one of my son's favorite holidays.  Since he works at a bank, any holiday that allows a Monday off work is a favorite.
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According to history.com, Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
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One of the most popular ways to celebrate President's Day is attending one of the sales at the local mall, however in some states, Presidents’ Day is used by many patriotic and historical groups as a date for staging celebrations, reenactments and other events. A number of states also 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.

How do you plan on spending the day?  Leave a comment and let us know.

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