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Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday
of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who
was born on February 22, 1732. It can occur on the 15th through the 21st of February
inclusive.

Colloquially, the day is also now widely known as Presidents' Day and is often an
occasion to remember all the presidents, not just George Washington.

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PRESIDENTS’ DAY TRANSFORMATION


While Nixon’s order plainly called the newly placed holiday Washington’s Birthday, it
was not long before the shift to Presidents’ Day began. The move away from February 22
led many to believe that the new date was intended to honor both Washington and Abraham
Lincoln, as it now fell between their two birthdays. Marketers soon jumped at the
opportunity to play up the three-day weekend with sales, and “Presidents’ Day” bargains
were advertised at stores around the country.

By the mid-1980s Washington’s Birthday was known to many Americans as Presidents’ Day.
This shift had solidified in the early 2000s, by which time as many as half the 50
states had changed the holiday’s name to Presidents’ Day on their calendars. Some states
have even chosen to customize the holiday by adding new figures to the celebration.
Arkansas, for instance, celebrates Washington as well as civil rights activist Daisy
Gatson Bates. Alabama, meanwhile, uses Presidents’ Day to commemorate Washington and
Thomas Jefferson (who was born in April).

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.

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PRESIDENTS’ DAY THE UNIFORM MONDAY HOLIDAY ACT


The shift from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents’ Day began in the late 1960s when
Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Championed by
Senator Robert McClory of Illinois, this law sought to shift the celebration of several
federal holidays from specific dates to a series of predetermined Mondays. The proposed
change was seen by many as a novel way to create more three-day weekends for the
nation’s workers, and it was believed that ensuring holidays always fell on the same
weekday would reduce employee absenteeism. While some argued that shifting holidays from
their original dates would cheapen their meaning, the bill also had widespread support
from both the private sector and labor unions and was seen as a surefire way to bolster
retail sales.

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also included a provision to combine the celebration of
Washington’s Birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s, which fell on the proximate date of
February 12. Lincoln’s Birthday had long been a state holiday in places like Illinois,
and many supported joining the two days as a way of giving equal recognition to two of
America’s most famous statesmen.

McClory was among the measure’s major proponents, and he even floated the idea of
renaming the holiday “President’s Day.” This proved to be a point of contention for
lawmakers from George Washington’s home state of Virginia, and the proposal was
eventually dropped. Nevertheless, the main piece of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act
passed in 1968 and officially took effect in 1971 following an executive order from
President Richard Nixon. Washington’s Birthday was then shifted from the fixed date of
February 22 to the third Monday of February. Columbus Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day
were also moved from their traditionally designated dates. (As a result of widespread
criticism, in 1980 Veterans’ Day was returned to its original November 11 date.)



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