Why Do We Celebrate Presidents Day?

Enjoy our free printable packet with 4 easy activities to allow for fun conversation and learning together today!

When you have kids the “Why” questions cup runneth over all the time. Usually these quirky yet good questions come up in our van rides across town or at our dinner table in the evenings.

Originally this holiday was in honor of our first president George Washington. It was celebrated on his birthday, February 22nd.

Wait! Hold the phone! We rarely if ever celebrate this on the 22nd, right?

Well, this is due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed back in 1968 and put into effect in 1971. This Act changed several of our well known holidays to Monday celebrations. It gave workers three day weekends and retailers the ideas for great sales/promotions.

Other holidays also affected: Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day.

The shift to Monday for Presidents Day led many to believe that the change was due to recognizing more than Washington for this holiday. Since Lincoln was also born in February they both became attached to this holiday instantly. However, now you know that the original intent was to celebrate one of our most popular founding fathers and his successors.

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Tiffany
Founder of Kids Activities Blogs ~
Welcome to my creative spot on the net. I'm a Special Education Paraeducator, former Homeschooler, and married mother of 4 creative kids. I have over 20 years experience working with kids of all ages. I enjoy camping, photography, graphic design, running this website and being with my family. My online adventure began almost 6 years ago.

Tiffany

Founder of Kids Activities Blogs ~ Welcome to my creative spot on the net. I'm a Special Education Paraeducator, former Homeschooler, and married mother of 4 creative kids. I have over 20 years experience working with kids of all ages. I enjoy camping, photography, graphic design, running this website and being with my family. My online adventure began almost 6 years ago.

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