Monday, February 20

I cannot tell a lie

Happy Presidents Day -- even if it doesn't celebrate the birth of my hero, Abraham Lincoln.

For years (40 to be exact) Momma thought Presidents Day honored the birthdays of both presidents Lincoln (Feb. 14) and George Washington (Feb. 22).

But it doesn't!

Presidents Day is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States.

A federal holiday honoring George Washington was originally implemented by an Act of Congress in 1880 for government offices in the District of Columbia and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices.

On Jan. 1, 1971, the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

Although Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen state governments have officially renamed their Washington's Birthday observances as "Presidents' Day," "Washington and Lincoln Day," or other such designations.

So go have a piece of cherry pie in Washington's honor.

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