President’s Day over the four-day weekend
Last week Hilliard City Schools had a four day weekend and some might not know what exactly it is for, but on Monday, February 19th, schools around the nation will be out because it is our annual President’s Day. It celebrates the birth of the first President, George Washington, who was born on February 22, 1732.
There are not a lot of traditions associated with this holiday, but many schools and businesses take the day off to honor the men who have once been in charge of this nation. It is noted that some celebrate with a cherry pie, which is a symbol of Washington chopping down a cherry tree in his youth.
The first President’s Day, which was formerly known as Washington’s Birthday back then, was celebrated in the late 1800s. It was signed as a law in 1879 by President Rutherford B. Hayes, but only earning the name “President’s Day” in the late 1960s. The jump from Washington’s Birthday to President’s Day came from the fact that Abraham Lincoln’s birthday also falls around the same time and that they are the most prominent American leaders.
It is a day dedicated to acknowledging what our leaders have done for us as a nation, and was proposed as a novel way to give citizens more three day weekends along with reducing absenteeism since it follows a weekend. No matter what your opinion is it is important to know where our freedoms and rights come from, but everyone enjoys being off either way. Hope you had a good four day weekend Darby!