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Ovation: Presidents’ Day.

02/18/2013

Presidents’ Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington’s birthday on February 22 (it’s is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government), the holiday became known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures but Presidents’ Day is viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

Enjoy Jimmy Fallon’s tribute!

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6 Comments
  1. Ugh, you had me, and then you lost me with the Jimmy Fallon.

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  2. Whether you like him or not, Fallon is plugged into how most people feel about holidays – it is another day off. I wish we could be more celebratory, but we seem to care less. People don’t even care about current issues, much less historical ones. Thanks fo sharing. BTG

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  3. We have a holiday on the third Monday of February as well – it’s called Family Day. But’s it’s not national – it’s only celebrated by certain provinces, not all of them. As an extra long weekend for winter, yeah!

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