From Washington to Trump, President's Day in the United States

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The release notes that in 1968 an attempt was also made by an IL congressman to officially change the day to "Presidents' Day, but Virginia legislators weren't too keen on it and the measure dropped". However, Washington's Birthday remains the legal name for the holiday.

Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alaska, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts and Wyoming observe the day as "President's Day" - paying homage to only the first president George Washington.

The annual holiday takes place on the third Monday of every February.

Presidents Day is celebrated the third Monday of February.

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The shift from Washington's Birthday to Presidents' Day began in the late 1960s when Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The provision was soon dropped. Well, it's not. Now, it's true that some states used to celebrate Lincoln's birthday (February 12) as a state holiday, and have combined Lincoln's birthday and Washington's birthday into one observance.

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However, comments in news media and social networks said this year the date was an opportune moment to refer to 44 of the 45 presidents and exclude the present head of the White House, Donald Trump. Lincoln's Birthday had always been a state holiday in places like IL, and many supported joining the two days as a way of giving equal recognition to two of America's most famous statesmen.

To make the Washington/Jefferson combo even stranger, Jefferson's birthday isn't until April 13. President George W. Bush visited Mount Vernon in 2007.

George Washington was born on February 11, 1731. Around the country, patriotic and historical groups hold events and celebrations and schools often teach students about the accomplishments of American presidents.

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