Presidents’ Day is the third Monday of every February and this year it falls on the 17th. Presidents’ Day is a day to celebrate and remember presidents. As it is a public holiday, school will be closed on this day.
To give a little history on Presidents’ Day, it was first celebrated in 1885 in recognition of the first president of the United States, President George Washington. The story of Presidents’ Day begins in 1800. Following the death of George Washington in 1799, his birthday, February 22 became a day of remembrance. It was not until the late 1870s, however, that it became a federal holiday. Senator Steven Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas was the first to propose the measure, and in 1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law. It was also apart of 1971s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.
We conducted an interview with Mr. Rhodes, the 9th-grade history teacher. He said that Presidents’ Day became a holiday because of different presidents’ birthdays. He also mentioned that it’s good to know where we came from and what we were fighting for/against. Presidents day is a good day to relax and take advantage of the sales.