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The History of Presidents Day

Ruth Anne Garcia

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President Rutherford B. Hayes created the holiday in 1879 to remember our first president George Washington’s birthday. The holiday was on February 22nd. The holiday was originally called Washington’s Birthday.

Los Angeles streetcar decorated for Washington’s Birthday, c. 1892

In doing my research, there were many weird things about this holiday. For instance, the name in certain states, and the dates that changed later.

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In 1968, there was a proposed change of Washington’s Birthday to the third Monday in February. It was rejected at the time because they wanted to keep the day surrounded on Washington’s birthday. However, three years later it was changed to the 3rd Monday in February. It was passed to create a three-day weekend for the nation’s workers.

Because the holiday was no longer on Washington’s birthday, others believed that we should honor Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays because they were both close to the date of the holiday…

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