Happy Washington’s Birthday

If you had today marked down on your calendar as ‘President’s Day,’ here’s a news flash: it’s officially ‘Washington’s Birthday’ on the federal calendar. In 1968, Congress considered and ultimately rejected renaming the day as ‘President’s Day,’ but it eventually did move the celebration of ‘Washington’s Birthday’ to the third Monday of February, in between Washington’s actual birthday (Feb. 22) and Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12). The term ‘Presidents’ Day’ was popularized through advertisers in the 1980s.

Here is more from The Heritage Foundation on the importance of this holiday:

This season’s snow falls and Snowpocalypse presents a great opportunity to remember our president who also suffered through the cold to save the Republic.

Happy William Henry Harrison Day! No wait. That is not right. Failing to wear a coat in cold weather is not the same as defeating the British during a blizzard.

The third Monday in February has come to be known—wrongly—as President’s Day. But, this is not a day to celebrate every president in our Nation’s history: like one who served only a month in office. This is the day that we celebrate the man who led America to victory in the War for Independence, who was instrumental in the creation of our Constitution, and whose character forever shaped the executive branch. We celebrate George Washington. That’s why it’s Washington’s Birthday; not President’s day.

What makes George Washington a great president, worthy of such celebration, and example to all other presidents? In short, he was committed to the principles of the American Founding. Liberty, Natural Rights, Equality, Religious Liberty, Economic Opportunity, the Rule of Law, Constitutionalism, Self-government, National Independence: these are the truths that George Washington held.

For more of the history behind this holiday, click here and here.

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