About President's Day
President's Day, also known as Washington's Birthday is a federal holiday in the US that celebrates the life of the first President of the US, George Washington. Although the day was originally in honour of George Washington, today, it's more widely recognised as a day to honour all US Presidents of the past, which is why it's commonly referred to as Presidents' Day.
Presidents' Day is a federal holiday in most states but not all of them. It's also up to the individual state whether they officially call the holiday Presidents' Day or Washington's Birthday and whether they celebrate in honour of George Washington or Washington and other presidents.
When is President's Day?
Despite George Washington being born on February 22nd, 1732, Presidents' Day is celebrated on the third Monday of every February each year, regardless of the date. This means the day will always fall on any day from 15th–21st February.
In 2020, Presidents' Day will be celebrated on Monday 17th February 2020.
Will I get paid holiday on President's Day?
Whether the company you work for gives you paid holiday on Presidents' Day is entirely up to them. It's estimated that 35% of companies in the US give paid holiday on Presidents' Day. Most non-essential governing bodies will be closed on Presidents' Day.
Here's a list of key business that are closed on Presidents' Day:
- Mail services (excluding UPS and FedEx)
- Banks (excluding TD Bank)
- Stock markets
How can I buy flights for Presidents' Day?
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When was the first Presidents' Day?
Presidents' Day was first celebrated in 1879 in the state of Washington. In 1885, the holiday was officially recognised by all federal offices in the US. Presidents' Day was originally celebrated on the same date every year, 22nd February, which was George Washington's birthday. However, in 1971, it changed to be celebrated on the third Monday of February each year instead.