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The History of Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day wasn’t originally known by this name

Presidents’ Day is a holiday that is celebrated in February, and usually means a day off work or school for many people. It is also highly associated with retail sales, as many businesses hold a special sale that day. But what is the history of this federal holiday, and what does it mean to the country?

Presidents’ Day is in February, and most Americans probably know very little about what this federal holiday is and why we celebrate it. It is a day off school for most institutions, and government offices, the mail, and usually banks are also closed on Presidents’ Day. You will probably also see plenty of ads on television from stores proclaiming President’s Day sales. It is a big shopping day, because of all the people who get the day off work. However, Presidents’ Day is more than just a day off and a reason to shop at a discount. Here is the real story behind Presidents’ Day in the United States.

Presidents’ Day wasn’t originally known by this name. In its initial form, it was known as Washington’s Birthday and was a day set aside to celebrate our first U.S. president. George Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732. The official celebration of his birthday by the nation fell anywhere between the Feb. 15 and 21 each year, depending on when weekends were and other important events on the federal calendar.

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