You may have noticed it is Presidents’ Day - not because of brilliant and enthusiastic educational, social, and cultural commemorations that you participated in - but because the newspaper and TV was riddled with Presidents’ Day advertisements for furniture, groceries, and the like. We were supposed to celebrate with great vigor the accomplishments of all of our Presidents, like Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Warren Harding, and Benjamin Harrison. Yippee!
The holiday was intended to commemorate the singular, historic accomplishments of George Washington. February 22 (not the third Monday of February) is Washington’s true birthday. After he was given to the ages, the country began to celebrate his birthday as an unofficial holiday. In 1879, February 22 became an official federal holiday.