It’s President’s Day – Why Do We Still Have This As a Holiday? [POLL]
President's Day is the one national holiday that is celebrated but has very little meaning to Americans. Why do we still observe this day every year, other than a day off of school?
It's always celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February, and was originally started in recognition of George Washington's birthday, which was February 22nd. In 1971, as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, 'Presidents Day' was observed on this particular Monday in February to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Instead of specifically celebrating Washington's birthday, it's a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
While this holiday is great for those who work federal government jobs, it doesn't mean much to the rest of us Americans. Schools close for day, and many retail stores have a big sale on President's Day...but it seems to be the least cared about national holiday for most of the world. We Minnesotan's seem to care more about 'Prince Rogers Nelson' day on June 7th (his birthday) than President's Day.
I'm all about being patriotic, but it's difficult for me to get into this holiday. I'm curious if I'm the only one who feels this way?