The Federal Holiday today is George Washington’s Birthday, it is NOT “presidents day”. It does not matter how many times Fox News says it is presidents day, it is still not the case. Here is a link to the Federal holiday calendar.
<a href=”http://www.opm.gov/Operating_Status_Schedules/fedhol/2011.asp”>”Federal Holiday Calendar”</>
I believe that almost everyone calls it Presidents Day is a conspiracy of monkey see monkey do. Every year I hear less and less about George Washington and more and more about “President’s Day”. Yet the fact remains that the Federal holiday is George Washington’s birthday and my state’s holiday is George Washington Day. Technically the holiday does not fall on our first presidents actual birthday, which is February 22nd because Congress passed a law making most federal holidays fall on a Monday, in this case the third Monday of February.
Some say the origin of “president’s day” was by northerners who thought Abraham Lincoln was getting shortchanged. I guess this became a North vs. South thing; which is odd to me because one would think we all should revere The Father of our Country. And it is true that some mostly northern states recognize a “president’s day” holiday. But many other states celebrate only George Washington’s Birthday. I would be all for a national holiday celebrating Lincoln, surely he is deserving of remembrance. If people who think today is president’s day realized the original intent in some northern states was to celebrate both Washington and Lincoln, things woud not be so bad, but this is not the case.
What this fake presidents day national holiday has become is a way to diminish George Washington, and in a way, even Lincoln. These men are diminished when their greatness is compared equally to Chester A. Arthur, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barrack Obama. There was a time not long ago when this was done on purpose. Nixon pompously was the one to first suggest all presidents should be revered on this day. But I will say one last time, this was NEVER an official federal holiday. Now I think people just hear the term President’s Day so often on newscasts and by retail stores trying to make up another excuse for a sale, that people start to believe it must be true, I mean everyone calls it that.
Please people, don’t let them steal our history! There was only one George Washington; “first in peace, first in war, and first in the eyes of his countrymen”. If you care to see whether your state celebrates the Great Washington, look it up online, I know even Massachusetts does. If you are unlucky enough to live in a state that does not celebrate Washington on this day, at least know your nation does, or at least it is supposed to!