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There’s no such thing as Presidents Day

Washington... at least that's what the folks at the urban-legend-debunking Web site Snopes.com tell us.

According to this Snopes article, the concept of combining George Washington's birthday and Abraham Lincoln's birthday into an all-encompassing "Presidents Day" holiday first surfaced in the 1950s and came close to fruition in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill. The only thing that bill accomplished, however, was to move the official observance of Washington's birthday to the third Monday in February.

In other words, Presidents Day has never officially been established.

So if today isn't Presidents Day, what is it? According to Snopes, it's nothing more than the official observance of Washington's birthday.

Whatever day it is, we hope you make it a good one.


Bill Sheridan