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George Washington's birthday 1st President

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch informs you that today is George Washington's birthday! He was born on February 22, 1732. That would make him 287 years old today. That is a lot of candles.

George Washington was a humble man who did not enjoy flashy celebrations. During his lifetime, Washington paid little attention to his own birthday, and often "celebrated" it by responding to letters or attending to matters at Mount Vernon.

However, national celebration of his birthday began while he was alive and continued after his death. While his birthday is still recognized to this day, the parameters around it changed in the late 20th century, when it officially became known as "Presidents' Day".

The road to what the majority of the public in the United States now recognizes as Presidents' Day is a long and confusing one. After Washington died in 1799, his birthday was informally celebrated across the country. It wasn't until January 31, 1879, that Washington's birthday became a federally recognized holiday.

Until 1968, Washington's birthday had always been celebrated on February 22. It was tradition and a powerful reminder of a man who helped create what we have today in the United States.

On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the "Uniform Monday Holiday Act". The law was to provide annual observances of certain legal public holidays on Mondays. The act was also created to give federal employees more three day weekends. Under this new law, Washington's birthday would be celebrated on the third Monday of February, partially losing the value and identity of the importance of his birthday. Washington's birthday has not been celebrated on the actual day of his birth since the law took affect in 1971.

Source: George Washington's Mount Vernon

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