The United States celebrates Presidents’ Day on Monday, a federal holiday honoring all past and current US Presidents. The holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in February and is one of the holidays that is date changed by law Changes over the uniform Monday holiday The US Post Office, the stock market and most banks will remain closed on this day
The holiday was originally established to celebrate the birthday of George Washington, the first President of the United States to be born on May 22nd Born in February 1732, it was later postponed to the third Monday in February under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971 to create more three-day weekends for workers
Washington’s birthday stayed for most of the 19th Century an unofficial observation until a US Senator from the state of Arkansas proposed a federal holiday to celebrate the occasion in 1879 President Rutherford B. signed Hayes passed the Holiday Observance Bill in the District of Columbia, which was later extended to the rest of the country
It was the first federal holiday to celebrate the life of a single American, as the other nationally recognized federal holidays at the time were Christmas, New Years, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving
While the holiday is now viewed as a day to celebrate all American presidents, Presidents’ Day, interestingly, never falls on the actual birthday of any President George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, the four former commanders in chief, became born in February, but their birthdays are either too early or too late to coincide with the third Monday of the month
To mark President’s Day, Indiaspora, a US-based organization that represents the community worldwide, will publish a list of more than 200 members of the Indian diaspora who hold the highest positions worldwide.The list will be top leaders in governments on the around the world and showcase the achievements of community leaders in different sectors
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