Dave Giles, Candidate for Congress – CD9, Reflects on President’s Day
Gilbert, AZ—”It is very special for us as Americans to celebrate Presidents’ Day. This all-American holiday is still officially called ‘Washington’s Birthday’ by the federal government,” Dave Giles, CD 9 Candidate, remarked. “You probably know that Presidents Day has its roots in George Washington’s birthday, but did you know his birthday was changed during his lifetime?”
Despite its common name, the federal holiday is officially called George Washington’s Birthday. Washington was born February 11, 1731 but his birthday changed when British colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar.
His new birthday, which was February 22, 1732, was celebrated for many years before becoming a legal holiday in 1879.
The 1968 Monday Holiday Law created a three-day weekend and brought “substantial benefits to both the spiritual and economic life of the Nation.”