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Presidents’ Day, officially Washington’s Birthday, in the United States, holiday (third Monday in February) popularly recognized as honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The day is sometimes understood as a celebration of the birthdays and lives of all U.S. presidents.
The origin of Presidents’ Day lies in the 1880s when the birthday of Washington—commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United States—was first celebrated as a federal holiday. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. The change was designed to schedule certain holidays so that workers had a number of long weekends throughout the year, but it has been opposed by those who believe that those holidays should be celebrated on the dates they actually commemorate. During debate on the bill, it was proposed that Washington’s Birthday is renamed Presidents’ Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington (February 22) and Lincoln (February 12); although Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated in many states, it was never an official federal holiday. Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change. After the bill went into effect in 1971, however, Presidents’ Day became the commonly accepted name, due in part to retailers’ use of that name to promote sales and the holiday’s proximity to Lincoln’s birthday. Presidents’ Day is usually marked by public ceremonies in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country.
President’s Day is an occasion for community celebrations and parades. Many stores and businesses hold special sales. The Purple Heart military badge (which carries an image of Washington) for soldiers injured in the course of duty is awarded on President’s Day.
Looking for fun Apps to play and learn about President’s Day for children and all ages? Check out our top 4 apps
Presidents vs. Aliens (best for grade school kids)
Presidents vs. Aliens® makes learning about the presidents fun! As you learn presidential facts, quotes, nicknames and historical events, you can use your knowledge to help the presidents defeat the aliens. Fling the presidents at the aliens to knock them all down. Use the many special objects and “Executive Powers” to increase the fun!
Do you know your Pixel Presidents?
Message your friends these presidential portraits and then gloat over them with the correct info when they inevitably confuse Chester A. Arthur and William Henry Harrison.
The Presidents – Flash Cards
Looking for a great way to learn the Presidents? The Presidents app contains beautiful flash cards for all 45 Presidents of the United States. From George Washington to Donald Trump, portraits of each of the Presidents are displayed along with key information.
The U.S. Presidents
Can you name all the U.S. Presidents? George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln… those are the easy ones. How about William Henry Harrison? Or Grover Cleveland? What were their accomplishments? How long did they serve?