Yup, it’s President’s Day. That day where we don’t go to work, take the kids to school or get mail all the in name of our country’s leaders. Once upon a time, this federal holiday was called simply “Washington’s Birthday” and was made a holiday way back in 1879. But now the day is shared with honoring Abraham Lincoln (whose birthday is February 12th) as well as celebrating the office of the presidency in general.
Washington’s birthday is actually February 22 but is now celebrated on the third Monday in February between Feb. 15th and 21st (which was changed with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act) This makes it so that President’s Day – honoring Washington’s Birthday – will never actually fall on his real birthday.
And while we all know that George Washington was our first president, there are some interesting and fascinating facts about the man that aren’t as widely known.