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Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday) in United States

Quick Facts

Washington's Birthday, or Presidents' Day, honors the life and work of the first president of the United States, George Washington.

Local names

NameLanguage
Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)English
Día del PresidenteSpanish
יום הולדתו של וושינגטוןHebrew
عيد ميلاد واشنطنArabic
대통령의 날Korean
Washington's BirthdayGerman

Alternative names

NameLanguage
Presidents' DayEnglish
יום הנשיאיםHebrew
يوم الرؤساءArabic
워싱턴 탄생일Korean
Presidents' DayGerman

Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday) 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014 (local in Indiana)

Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday) 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015
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Washington's Birthday, also known as Presidents' Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the USA's first president.

George Washington statue in the Boston Public Garden

George Washington was the first president of the United States of America.

©iStockphoto.com/Jason DiLorenzo

What do people do?

Washington's Birthday officially honors the life and work of George Washington, the first president of the United States. The day commemorates past presidents of the USA. Washington's Birthday is sometimes known as Presidents' Day. This is because while most states have adopted Washington's Birthday, some states officially celebrate Presidents' Day.

Some states pay particular attention to Abraham Lincoln, as his birthday was also in mid-February. In the weeks or days leading up to the holiday, schools often organize events and lessons for students about the presidents of the United States and George Washington in particular. It is a popular day for stores to start their sales.

The US federal holiday is on the third Monday of February each year, but records show that George Washington's birthday is on February 22.

Public life

Many businesses are open as usual and many stores hold sales on Washington's Birthday. Many delivery services, except for the Post Office, have a regular service and many, but not all, public transit systems operate on regular schedules. Some schools close for the whole week for a mid-winter recess. According to some government sources, Indiana observes the Washington's birthday holiday in December.

Background

George Washington was the first president of the United States of America. His first term as president was from 1789 to 1793 and his second term from 1793 to 1797. Before he became president, he played important roles in the military, leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783. Washington is often seen as the father of the United States and is probably the best known American politician ever.

The likeness and name of George Washington can still be seen in many places in the United States. There is the portrait of him and three other American presidents carved into Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. His image is also used on the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. The capital of the United States, Washington D.C., Washington State and at least three universities are named after him.

Washington's Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington's birth, on February 22. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.

This holiday is legally designated as "Washington’s Birthday". Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is the federal government’s policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday) Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonFeb 191990Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 181991Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 171992Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 151993Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 211994Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 201995Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 191996Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 171997Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 161998Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 151999Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 212000Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 192001Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 182002Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 172003Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 162004Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 212005Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 202006Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 192007Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 182008Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
FriDec 262008Washington's BirthdayState holidayIndiana
MonFeb 162009Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
ThuDec 242009Washington's BirthdayState holidayIndiana
MonFeb 152010Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
ThuDec 232010Washington's BirthdayState holidayIndiana
MonFeb 212011Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
FriDec 232011Washington's BirthdayState holidayIndiana
MonFeb 202012Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonDec 242012Washington's BirthdayState holidayIndiana
MonFeb 182013Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
TueDec 242013Washington's BirthdayState holidayIndiana
MonFeb 172014Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
FriDec 262014Washington's BirthdayState holidayIndiana
MonFeb 162015Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 152016Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 202017Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 192018Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 182019Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 
MonFeb 172020Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday)National holiday 

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