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Why do we celebrate Presidents Day? The History Behind Federal Holidays

You may know that Presidents Day has its roots in George Washington’s birthday, but did you know his birthday was changed during his lifetime? Here’s the history behind the holiday.

Despite the common name, the federal holiday is officially known as George Washington’s Birthday. Washington was born on February 11, 1731, but his date of birth was changed when the British colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar. According to the Legislative Archives.

His new birthday, on February 22, 1732, was celebrated for many years before becoming a legal holiday in 1879.

The Mondays Off Act of 1968 provided for always taking place on a Monday to create a three-day weekend and “provide substantial benefit to both the spiritual and economic life of the Nation.”

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