Happy Presidents Day!
1. Originally, Presidents’ Day was known as Washington’s Birthday and honored our first commander in chief. However, after the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971, which helped create more three-day weekends for American workers, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day and has been celebrated on the third Monday of February each year ever since.
2.One of the most notable Presidents’ Day traditions is the Senate’s annual reading of President George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address. The practice started on Washington’s birthday in 1862 to boost morale during the Civil War.
3. Cherries are very popular when making desserts for celebrating George Washington’s birthday. The reason for the popularity of cherries relates directly to a story about George Washington. When asked if he’d cut down a cherry tree, George Washington said he could not tell a lie.
4. There were four presidents born in February including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, William Harrison and Ronald Reagan. Most celebrate Presidents’ Day in honor of the first two.
5. Many Presidents had unusual careers before entering the White House. Jimmy Carter, the 39th President, was a peanut farmer. Ronald Reagan, the 40th President, was a movie actor. And Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President, once worked chopping rails for fences.