Presidents’ Day sales have become hugely popular and abundant. Keeping that in mind, Sharn would like to commemorate the holiday by giving you a break from the sales! Instead we’d like to share with you some interesting facts we found.
President’s Day and George Washington’s birthday are both celebrated on the third Monday of February. The official federal holiday is called George Washington’s Birthday, though some states list the holiday as Presidents’ Day.
George Washington’s birthday is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of February. It’s actually supposed to be celebrated on February 22 (Washington’s birthday), but he strange thing is that Washington was actually born on February 11 in 1731! Confused? Well, in Washington’s time, people in Great Britain and America switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. Because of the change, those born before 1752 were told to add 11 days to their birth dates. People born between January 1 and March 25 like Washington, had to add one year to be in sync with the new calendar. When he entered office, Washington listed his birth year as 1732 and celebrated his birthday on February 22. However, he did not feel qualified to be president. He wrote, “My movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit, who is going to the place of his execution.” Fortunately, he was wrong! You can read more about Washington at the official White House Web site.
We hope you have a great Presidents’ Day!
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