President’s Day / Washington’s Birthday

President’s Day or Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday to celebrate the birthday of George Washington as the first president of the United States. Every year, this federal holiday is observed on the third Monday of February, close to the actual date of George Washington’s birthday on 22 February 1732.

When is Presidents Day / Washington’s Birthday 2014?
President’s Day or Washington’s Birthday 2014 falls on Monday, 17 February 2014.

The Origin of Presidents Day / Washington’s Birthday
Presidents Day or Washington’s Birthday was first observed by government offices in the District of Columbia through the Act of Congress in 1879. Starting from 1885, all federal offices of US celebrated Washington’s Birthday on 22 February, the actual date of Washington’s Birthday. The holiday was moved to the third Monday of February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act on 1 January 1971.

Presidents Day / Washington’s Birthday 2014 Celebration
During Presidents Day, many stores and businesses are closed although more and more business keep opening from year to year. For schools, Presidents Day or Washington Day is the beginning of mid-winter recess which lasted for a week. Yet, many colleges and universities students attend classes on the Presidents Day. Some theories say that many business, colleges, and universities remain open during Presidents Day to make up for the federal holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr Day a month before.

Some states celebrate Washington’s Birthday along with another commemoration. Arkansas observes both Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day on the third Monday of February while Alabama commemorates both Washington’s and Thomas Jefferson’s birthday on the the same date in February even though Thomas Jefferson was actually born in April. New Mexico celebrates Presidents Day on Friday following Thanksgiving (Black Friday) which falls on the fourth Monday in October.

Happy Presidents Day / Washington’s Birthday 2014 !