- Presidents' day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February
- This holiday was originally established in 1885 in recognition to
President George Washington, the holiday was originally called
"Washington's Birthday" celebrated on February 22nd on his birthday.
- 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.
- President's Day never falls on the actual birthday of any
American president. Four chief executives‚€”George Washington, William
Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan_were born in
February, but their birthdays all come either too early or late to
coincide with Presidents‚€™ Day, which is always celebrated on the
third Monday of the month.
- Washington and Lincoln still remain the two most recognized
leaders, but Presidents‚€™ Day is now popularly seen as a day to
recognize the lives and achievements of all of America‚€™s chief
executives. Some lawmakers have objected to this view, arguing that
grouping George Washington and Abraham Lincoln together with less
successful presidents minimizes their legacies. Congressional measures
to restore Washington and Lincoln‚€™s individual birthdays were
proposed during the early 2000s, but all failed to gain much attention.
For its part, the federal government has held fast to the original
incarnation of the holiday as a celebration of the country‚€™s first
president. The third Monday in February is still listed on official
calendars as Washington‚€™s Birthday.
- George Washington was the only president unanimously elected. Meaning all of the state representatives voted for him.
- Thomas Jefferson was also an accomplished architect. He
designed his famous home at Monticello as well as buildings for the
University of Virginia.
- James Madison and George Washington are the only presidents who signed the Constitution.
- Woodrow Wilson is the only president to be buried in Washington D.C.
- George W. Bush is the only president to have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
- Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born as a
citizen of the U.S. The presidents before him were born as British
- Martin Van Buren was also the only president to speak English as his second language. His first language was Dutch.
- William Henry Harrison died just 32 days after becoming
president. He died from a cold he got while standing in the rain giving
his inauguration speech.