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Presidents' Day

Posted by admin on 27th May 2015

Date: Every third Monday of February

First celebrated: 1879 for government offices only.

Converted to Federal Holiday: 1885

Honoring: Originally, it was just for Washington's birthday, but Lincoln's birthday has (mostly) been included in the celebration. Some states solely celebrate one.

States Celebrating Washington Alone: MA and Virginia

Other Oddities:  Alabama adds in Thomas Jefferson to their President's day, while Arkansas adds Daisy Gatson Bates into their celebration.

Washington Fun Fact: Alexandria, VA, Washington's adopted hometown, celebrates his birthday all month.

Wise Words From Washington: There is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature.

Wise Words From Lincoln: He who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.

Daisy Lee Gatson Bates was an American civil rights activist, publisher, journalist, and lecturer who played a leading role in remedying the inequality within the Arkansas school system during the late 50's