Taking a Break on Presidents’ Day

Washington’s Birthday sign, c. 1890–1899

Today, Monday, Feb. 15, is Presidents Day, also known as Washington’s Birthday.

It’s a federal holiday that is always celebrated on the third Monday of February. The first incarnation of this holiday was in 1796 to commemorate George Washington’s birthday.

Washington’s Birthday is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971 moved this holiday to the third Monday, which can fall from February 15 to 21, inclusive, says Wikipedia.

The day has also become widely known across the country as Presidents’ Day. Nearly half of the state governments have officially renamed their Washington’s Birthday observances as “Presidents’ Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day”, or other such designations.

For us here at The Ellis Insight, with the federal government shut down, which includes the U.S. Postal Service as well as most banks and some businesses, that means a day off. We’ll be back tomorrow with our regular schedule of updates.

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