Monday, February 18, 2008

~*Happy Presidents' Day*~

Happy Presidents' Day! When I was at the job from hell this was one of those "fake holidays" so I thought I would find out a little bit about this holiday.
As the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, the holiday was celebrated on Washington's actual birthday, February 22 1880. On January 1, 1971 the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February A draft of the Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968 would have renamed the holiday to Presidents' Day to honor both Washington and Lincoln.
In the late 1980s, with a push from advertisers , the term Presidents Day began its public appearance. The theme has expanded the focus of the holiday to honor another President born in February,
Abraham Lincoln, and often other Presidents of the United States. Although Lincoln's birthday, February 12, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen state governments have officially renamed their Washington's Birthday observances as "Presidents Day", "Washington and Lincoln Day", or other such designations.

So, there is a little history on Presidents' Day. Really should make you question doing business with someone who would question a Federal holiday that was inacted in 1880 to celebrate one of our founding father's and his contribution to our great country. If you ever want to know more about the job from hell email me and I will give you the specifics.

1 comment:

Mary Isabella said...

Thank-you for that history. Some very interesting facts. Hope you had a great weekend my friend....Smiles