Today is the third Monday in February, also known as Presidents Day. This holiday is designated to honor the legacies of our presidents, from George Washington all the way to Barak Obama. Read on for more Presidents Day facts!
The origins of Presidents Day lie way back in the 1880s, when the birthday of George Washington (February 22) was first declared as a federal holiday by Congress.
In 1968, it was proposed that Washington’s Birthday be renamed “Presidents’ Day” and would celebrate the birthdays of Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Congress rejected the proposal.
Presidents Day falls on the third Monday of February ever since the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill (passed by Congress in 1968) went into effect in 1971.
Although the official name of the holiday is Washington’s Birthday, Presidents Day is the commonly accepted name due to many retail stores using that name to promote sales.
You can find many retailers holding Presidents Day sales, from car dealers to furniture retailers to your favorite clothing store. One place you won’t have to wait for Presidents Day to get a good deal is your Wisconsin insurance company. Our agents here at Community Insurance are dedicated to creating a great insurance plan for you the whole year through. Contact us today to learn more and Happy Presidents Day!