Presidents Day. Not for shopping, sales, or truly for not working!

In case you didn’t know, the real reason Presidents Day was established was to celebrate George Washington’s February 22d birthday. It has become a tradition to also honor Abraham Lincoln and his February 12th birthday on this third Monday of February.

From the U.S. National Archives website:

“Washington’s Birthday was the first federal holiday to honor an individual’s birth date. In 1885, Congress designated February 22 as a holiday for all federal workers. Nearly a century later, in 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Law changed the date to the third Monday in February. The position of the holiday between the birthdays of Washington and Abraham Lincoln gave rise to the popular name of Presidents Day.”

I did a Google search for Minnesota Presidents Day and all the top results were about sales and what things were open or closed on this day. Not exactly a way to honor these men.

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