Presidents Day this year is February 19th – and the history of President’s Day is quite interesting. While right now the country’s 45th Commander-in-Chief is in the White House – the fun fact we like to share is that here have only been 44 Presidents. Why? Because Grover Cleveland is counted twice as both our 22nd and 24th President, since he was elected for two nonconsecutive terms.
Each year, Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February, but there still is some debate as to what exactly this holiday is. Many consider it a day to recognize all presidents, past and present. Others consider it a celebration of certain key presidents, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
The holiday we now call Presidents Day first came to be as an unofficial holiday. It started on February 22, 1880 – this date was George Washington’s birthday and was just two months after his death. It wasn’t until 1879 when the day became a federal holiday; President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law. Six years late it became a “national bank holiday” (according to the History Channel), and was the first bank holiday to celebrate an individual.
However you choose to celebrate Presidents Day, we hope you stop and appreciate all the amazing history of our country. Have a wonderful February!