All About the Holidays: Presidents' Day

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(female narrator) The third Monday in February is Presidents Day, when America celebrates the leaders of its government. It started out as a birthday party for George Washington, who was born on February 22. George is a national hero. He led the armies that won America its freedom and was our first president. His birthday became an official holiday in the 1880s. People read Washington's speeches and held patriotic ceremonies. In the 1970s, Congress moved the holiday to fall on Mondays, closer to Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12. People started using the holiday to celebrate him too. In most states, it's a day to remember all the presidents. Around the holiday, students learn about everyone from Chester Arthur to Woodrow Wilson. Make sure you also have birthday cake for George. And that's President's Day!


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Presidents' Day is an opportunity for the country to acknowledge the leaders of its government. See how it evolved from a birthday party for George Washington to an observance for all of the presidents. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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