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by Amie Corson on 2024-02-16T13:08:00-06:00 in American History, Books & eBooks, Dual Credit, Government & Politics, Guides, History, Reading, Students | 0 Comments

Presidents' Day is Monday, February 19th. 

Did you know?  Presidents' Day was originally celebrated as President George Washington's birthday (February 22).  In 1968, it was proposed to rename the day as Presidents' Day to honor Washington and former President Abraham Lincoln who also had a February birthday (12th).  Congress rejected the name change, but moved it's celebration date to the third Monday in February under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This Act allowed American workers a certain number of long holiday weekends during the year.  After this change went into effect, Presidents' Day became the commonly accepted name of the holiday anyway, believed to be because retailers were already using the term for sale promotions. To this day, Presidents' Day is officially called Washington's Birthday by the federal government.

The library has lots of books on George and Abraham on display now ready for check-out.  For more book/eBook suggestions, articles and videos on these former presidencies, take a look at our American History: Revolution & a New Nation guide and/or American History: Civil War & Reconstruction guide.


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