We all know about the Christmas holiday, Easter, Thanksgiving.

But did you know that Presidents‘ Day is a federal holiday?  Actually, it‘s George Washington‘s birthday, but because several of our US presidents have birthdays around this time of year, the federal government combined their birthdays into one national holiday.

Local government offices, post offices, banks and the Stock Market (as well as Congress) is off for the day.

Presidents-Day1This as part of a government program called the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed back in 1971.  The idea was an attempt to create more three-day week-ends for the nation‘s workers.

Originally, the holiday was created in 1880 to honor and observe the birthday of our founding president, and is still “officially” known as Washington‘s Birthday, on the third Monday in February.

But popularly, we celebrate Presidents‘ Day to honor all US presidents of the past and present.