The third Monday of February is a federal holiday that honors George Washington, our nation’s first President, who was born on February 22, 1732. Since the decision was made to move the holiday to a Monday, it can occur on the 15th through the 21st of the month – so the irony is that Washington’s Birthday now never actually falls on Washington’s birthday.The day, which is also a state holiday in most states, has in recent years become known as President’s Day as a way to honor the incumbent President as well as all persons who have served as President. Depending on the state, the day can honor Washington, Washington and Abraham Lincoln (whose birthday is February 12), or the office itself.
No matter what you call it, or even whom it honors, there are some unique facts about the day and the office. Test your knowledge and see if you know your Presidential history.