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On Monday, February 20th, 2017 Dean College will
be closed in observance of President's Day. But why do we celebrate President's Day?
The first President's Day was celebrated in 1800, the year
following President George Washington’s death. His next birthday, February 22nd
became a day of remembrance. Almost 80 years later, President Rutherford B.
Hayes signed into law that Washington’s birthday be observed as a federal
holiday in the District of Columbia. In 1885, the law expanded to include the
In the 1960s, Congress proposed the Uniform Monday Holiday
Act. Through this act, it would be law to shift some of the federal holidays
from specific dates to predetermined Mondays. The purpose of the act was to
create more three-day weekends for workers, and help reduce employee
absenteeism. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect. This act
permanently moved the holiday to a Monday.
After the change, a shift in focus of celebration began. The
new date of the holiday conveniently fell between both Abraham Lincoln and
George Washington’s birthdays. After the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took
effect, the holiday never again fell on any President’s birthday. So instead of
celebrating just Washington’s birthday, the holiday morphed into a day to honor
all U.S. President’s both past and present. However, to this day, it is still
not officially called Presidents’ Day. According to the federal government and section
6103(a) of title 5 of the U.S. Code, it is still known as Washington’s
Today, President’s Day’s significance has become
overshadowed by the frenzy of automobile, furniture and appliance sales that
happen during the long weekend. But it is important to consider the reasons we
set aside this holiday to honor the 45 Presidents of the United States. Here
are a few quick fun facts about some of the past leaders of our country:
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