On June 28, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the law The only law on holidays is Mondayas a result of which three holidays landed in the United States on Monday.
One such holiday is Presidents Day, which is next week on Monday, February 21st.
The holiday falls on the third Monday in February each year and celebrates George Washington’s birthday.
Washington’s birthday is actually February 22, so have you ever wondered why we don’t celebrate President’s Day on this Washington’s birthday?
The reason the holiday exists is more than just celebrating the birthday of the first president of the United States.
President’s Day was first seen in 1885 on Washington’s present birthday every year, no matter what day of the week he landed.
Monday’s Unified Holidays Act didn’t just create a new day for President’s Day. It also established Remembrance Day on the last Monday in March, Veteran Day on the fourth Monday in October and Columbus Day on the second Monday in October.
That’s what Johnson said when he signed the bill, reports US President’s project:
“It will mean a lot to our families and our children. This will allow families living at a distance from each other to spend more time together. Americans will be able to travel further and see more of this beautiful land of ours. They will be able to participate in a wider range of entertainment and cultural activities. “
In short, Johnson wanted to give Americans more than three days off to get out, see family and explore the country.
Thus, Presidents ’Day never fell on the president’s birthday after the change, despite the fact that four presidents were born in February (Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan).
This decision has received strong support from both the private sector and trade unions, and both sides saw the move as a surefire way to boost retail sales, avoid absenteeism and increase productivity in the workplace.
This story was originally published February 16, 2022 12:00 p.m.