Fun Facts About The 3 Day Weekend in February

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Most of us know that Presidents’ day has something to do with birthdays and Presidents, but in case you don’t know the whole story here are a few facts so you can enjoy your day off without worrying about the history.


*Lincoln’s birthday and Washington’s birthday used to be two separate holidays.

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*Washington’s birthday was designated as a federal holiday in 1885 and used to be celebrated with a level of patriotic fervor to challenge Independence day.


*Lincoln’s Birthday was never federally recognized as a holiday but many states choose to include it in the designation.


*The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 is what gave us the modern iteration of the holiday. The act moved several holidays from fixed dates to certain Mondays in order to increase the number of 3 day weekends for federal employees. However, the act itself ONLY designated Washington’s Birthday as such. It was not included in the bill that Washington’s birthday be combined with Lincoln’s or that the day should be renamed as Presidents’ day. This happened incrementally and varies by state.

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*Different states refer to the holiday in a variety of forms. From Wikipedia:

  • Presidents’ Day in Hawaii, New Mexico, North Dakota,Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Washington
  • President’s Day in Alaska, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming
  • Presidents Day in Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, and Oregon
  • Washington’s Birthday/President’s Day in Maine
  • Lincoln/Washington/Presidents’ Day in Arizona


*No matter what you call it, enjoy the day off if you have it!