As the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, the holiday was celebrated on Washington's actual birthday, February 22. On January 1, 1971, the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This date places it between February 15 and 21, which makes the name "Washington's Birthday" in some sense a misnomer, since it never lands on Washington's actual birthday, February 22.You may not get your mail, but maybe you can take advantage of a sale.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Wikipedia on Presidents Day
I forgot that today is Presidents Day until I went to the bank, which was closed. In honor of the day, here's an excerpt from Wikipedia's article on Washington's Birthday.