21 February, 2011

Presidents' Day

Presidents' Day is a US Federal Holiday landing on the 3rd Monday in February. People used to celebrate both George Washington's birthday (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln's (February 12) birthday, but President Richard Nixon proposed a holiday in 1971 to celebrate all the presidents who first helped create the country and those who have held office since then.

So now it's one three-day weekend for the schools, government, banks, and whoever else doesn't have to go anywhere on federal holidays.

Have a great week, bloggers. :)

-----The Golden Eagle

19 comments:

klahanie said...

Here's wishing you and all my American friends, a most peaceful and positive week and long weekend :)
Take care eh, Gary

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Our public schools are actually open today due to snow make-up days required. I always remember Lincoln's birthday because my mother shares it. :)

Holly Ruggiero said...

Same to you. Have a great day.

Kindros said...

As I sit here at work, longing to have this day off again. :)

Have a great day.

Old Kitty said...

HAPPY PRESIDENT'S DAY!!!! Great to have a long weekend too! take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And hope your weekend was good!!

Pk Hrezo said...

Oh I just read your post from yesterday. Interesting to learn more about you. I've ridden both camels and elephants too and I agree ... it's not all that fun, but an experience indeed.
Hope you have an excellent week! :)

Jules said...

And there use to be better sales when it was 2 holidays :) Have a great one!
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Kari Marie said...

Thank You! I was actually sitting on my couch today wondering where this holiday started (not that I'm complaining getting a paid holiday from work).

I kept wondering, who's birthday is it? Nixon huh? Never would have guessed.

The Words Crafter said...

Huh. I didn't know it wasn't just George and Abraham anymore. Where have I been?

You have a great week, too!

Heather Hellmann said...

I hope you had a great three-day weekend too!

Nick Thomas said...

Happy Presidents’ Pets Day - the day after Presidents' Day, as I like to call it. See my blog for a good ol' howl.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Golden, happy Presidents day.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Out on the prairie said...

The longer weekend was nice for those whose lives include paid holidays. I laugh how we forget the actual dates now because of the Monday positions.I used to remember Columbus Day as my grandfathers birthday, and now have forgot the actual days.I don't send a card , grandpa would be 123 and Columbus was a not so sure celebration anymore.

Heather said...

I don't get weekends off so it doesn't affect me much. I hope you had a great, long weekend though!

The Golden Eagle said...

Gary: Thank you! :)

Lisa: There have been a lot of schools closed this year, haven't there, with all the snowstorms?

Holly: Thanks!

Kindros: Too bad you didn't have the day off!

Thanks! I hope you have a great day as well.

Old Kitty: Thank you! :)

Alex: It was! Hope yours was, too.

Pk: And there's some fun in being able to say you've ridden them!

You too, Pk!

Jules: Too bad they're not as good anymore. Sales are always nice. :D

Kari: You're welcome!

He set up the holiday--I don't believe it's actually Nixon's birthday. :P

The Words Crafter: Not to worry; I just find it interesting to know why there are holidays.

Thanks!

The Golden Eagle said...

Heather: Thank you!

Nick: I like your name for it! :D

Nancy: Thanks! I hope you had a good one.

Out on the prairie: True--everyone else still had to work yesterday federal holiday or no. (I'm homeschooled, so I don't have to go anywhere even on weekdays.)

I think of Presidents' Day less as a time to celebrate and more as a day to remember the people who helped create the USA; there were a lot of influential people in the country's history.

Heather: No weekends?! That's too bad.

Thanks! :)

mist of the blossom rain said...

Happy prez day! I didn't now this about this holiday.

The Golden Eagle said...

I hope you found this post helpful, then. :)