Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Presidents' Day

The following is quoted from History.com: "Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called 'Washington’s Birthday' by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers." 

Our flag, which had been in the closet since bad weather and the Christmas holidays dictated the move, once more flies from our front porch. As retirees, not much was different for us yesterday, except that the banks and Post Office were closed. What about you? Were you off? Did you go to your regular job? What do you think about the way the Federal Government has made this another three-day weekend? Please chime in.

And come back on Friday, when I'll post about writing and "We will sell no wine before its time." (And, yes, there is a connection).


Patricia Bradley said...

I spent the day watching freezing rain cover the power lines outside my house. :-) I remember when the holiday was called Washington's birthday.It seems to me February 12 is Lincoln's bd as well, so I guess combining them was a good idea.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, hope the weight of the ice on your power lines doesn't make them fall.
Yes, February 22 is Washington's birthday, and the federal holiday is still called by that name, even though it's celebrated as part of a 3-day weekend on different dates each year.
And my dad used to joke that he and Lincoln were both born on February 12...in the same year. Makes it easy to recall his birthday.
Thanks for your comment.