Monday, February 21, 2011

Celebrating Presidents' Day

By the late 19th century, the annual commemoration of Washington’s birthday on February 22nd became a federal holiday. The February 12th birthday of the equally admired Abraham Lincoln became an annual holiday in many states by the early 20th century. However, it wasn’t until 1971 that the celebrations of Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays were merged into one Presidents' Day.

Although the national holiday has become more commonly known as Presidents' Day, George Washington continues to stand as one of the most inspirational—yet enigmatic—figures in American history. Help your students learn more about Presidents' Day with resources from ABC-CLIO. Our American History database has content devoted to this topic.

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