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February is a nod to our Presidents

Presidents Day is in February – and we love to put on our patriotic hats and learn more about the history of our country. Did you know, that while our new Commander-in-Chief is the nation’s 45th President, in reality there have only been 44 Presidents? Yes, it’s true!

Presidents Day this year is February 18th – and the history of President’s Day is quite interesting.  We recently witnessed the swearing in our 45th Commander-in-Chief – the fun fact we like to share is that here have only been 44rd 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!