As everyone no doubt knows, Presidents’ Day was first established as a federal holiday in 1885 and was originally a celebration of George Washington’s birthday. In fact, the federal holiday is still officially “Washington’s Birthday,” according to the federal government.
However, celebrating just Washington’s birthday would be exclusionary and un-American. So, over the years, the holiday has turned into a generic love-fest of presidents. (Fans of William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor, rejoice; this day is for you as well.)
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