On the third Monday in February, the United States celebrates the federal holiday known as Presidents Day. The day takes place during the birth month of the country’s two most prominent presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. While the day once only honored President George Washington on his birthday, February 22nd, the day now never lands on a single president’s birthday.
Across the country, most Americans know the day as Presidents Day. More and more of the population celebrates the day to honor all of the past United States Presidents who have served the country. Throughout the country, organizations and communities celebrate the day with public ceremonies.
Presidents Day marks the first major shopping holiday of the year, besides Valentine’s Day. Thousands of retailers are offering discounts focusing on furniture, mattresses, electronics, clothing, home and kitchen items and more.
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When is Memorial Day Weekend 2021?
This year, Memorial Day is on Monday, May 25, 2020. The date changes every year, but there actually is a method to the madness: Memorial Day is always held on the last Monday in May.
Memorial Day was created to honor the brave people who died while serving in the U.S. military. One of the very first known observances took place way back on May 1, 1865, in Charleston, South Carolina, right after the end of the Civil War, according to the History Channel. A group of freed slaves—men, women, and children—had buried the bodies of Union soldiers after Confederate soldiers evacuated Charleston. On May 1, people gathered for a parade in the fallen soldiers’ honor, singing hymns and placing flowers at the fighters’ graves.
A few years later, Union General John A. Logan declared there be a date of remembrance for those who died during the Civil War. He chose May 30, 1868, because it wasn’t already the anniversary of a battle. However, the Southern states opted to create their own day specifically for Confederate soldiers. As a matter of fact, there are nine states that still hold a commemoration for the people who fought for the Confederacy.
Though people certainly continued holding tributes for the fallen, Memorial Day was unofficial for many more years. Decades later, in 1950, U.S. Congress agreed upon a resolution asking the president to “issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe … Memorial Day, by praying, each in accordance with his religious faith, for permanent peace.” Then, in 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed, which declared that Memorial Day would occur on the final Monday in May. It also required a day off from work for federal employees. Finally, in 1971, the anniversary officially became a federal holiday.[wp_show_posts id=”24044″]