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What is Presidents' Day?
It is a federal holiday and is officially called Washington’s Birthday.
While Presidents’ Day celebrates two specific presidents, it’s commonly seen as a day to observe the contributions of presidents throughout U.S. history. This is reflected in the plural spelling of Presidents’. Sometimes, it is spelled without an apostrophe, as Presidents Day. (It is also common to see people spell it as President’s Day, though this is not considered standard.)
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When is Presidents' Day?
Presidents’ Day takes place every year on the third Monday in February. This means that the specific date changes each year.
Presidents’ Day 2022 is on February 21. Presidents’ Day 2023 will take place on February 20, 2022.
More information and context on Presidents' Day
Presidents’ Day began as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday, February 22, and originally took place on that day. This celebration was unofficial until 1879. It was made a federal holiday in 1885. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act changed the observance of the holiday so that it would always fall on a Monday, resulting in a three-day weekend. In many places, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday (which is on February 12) is also observed as part of Presidents’ Day. Because President’s Day is a federal holiday, many schools and workplaces are closed on the day. Schoolchildren often learn about presidents and their role in U.S. history around this time, but the holiday is not commonly marked with any widespread festivities.
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How is Presidents' Day discussed in real life?
In the U.S., most people treat Presidents’ Day as a day off from work or school. It is not commonly marked with any festivities, though retail businesses are known for having sales during what’s called Presidents’ Day weekend.
— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) February 19, 2018
Nobody actually “celebrates” Presidents Day. They just close the post office and banks.
— Rick Novy (@RickNovy) February 17, 2019
— Volvo Cars of Austin (@VolvoAustin) February 2, 2021
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