Presidents’ Day

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Lulu Shaban

One holiday that is highly underappreciated is Presidents’ day. Of course students love it because it’s an extra day off of school, but what is this holiday really about? It was originally commemorated on George Washington’s birthday, February 22nd, 1732, for his last year of his presidency. Later on came the reign of Abe Lincoln, who was born on the 12th of February. 

A year after Lincoln’s assasination it was decided that the holiday that was once celebrated for Washington should be a universal date for all the presidents, hence the name Presidents day. We now celebrate this holiday on the third Monday of every February to honor all of the presidents throughout the years. 

While the day of remembrance was initially created for Washington and Lincoln it eventually transformed into a day of celebration for all or the presidents that have served for our country.

Presidents’ day is a federal and postal holiday so we have off of work and school and there will also be no mail deliveries for the day. It did not become a federal holiday until the year of 1879.

Since many stores will be closed next Monday, here are some things you could do to honor our many presidents: schedule a road trip to a historical location, watch some old documentaries about the history of the US, or even write a letter to the White House. If a trip isn’t within reach you could always take a virtual tour brought to you by ​​The Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Their platform allows you to learn about each president and how the objects in the museum are associated with them. The tour also provides visitors with a look of “A day in the Whitehouse”.

Presidents day doesn’t get as much recognition as it should, seeing as it is a national holiday, so if you have the chance do something to give some credit to our presidents.