What is President’s Day?

USA flagMonday, February 15, 2016 is President’s Day. This federal holiday was originally established in 1885 to recognize the nation’s first president, George Washington. In fact, most poeple don’t realize that it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

Although the holiday was traditionally celebrated on February 22, which was the actual date of Washington’s birth, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day in 1971, after it became part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. (This was an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.)

According to History.com, “The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also …