Looking ahead to February | Celebrating and honoring these American legends
February is an exciting month full of holidays (not just Valentine’s Day) and lots of reasons to celebrate America and her heroes. Tie up the banners, fly the flag, and take a minute to honor the legends who built, nurtured, and guided this country to greatness.
Lincoln’s Birthday – Monday, February 12, 2018
“Honest Abe” Lincoln, an American Statesman and Lawyer, led the United States through the Civil War as our sixteenth President. Born on February 12, 1809, Lincoln grew up in Kentucky and Indiana, and although he was largely self-educated, he began his career as a lawyer and politician by the time he was in his late twenties.
Abraham Lincoln set forth profound social, economic, and political changes in his career, and for that, we celebrate his Legacy on February 12 th each year.
Although Lincoln’s Birthday is not a Federal holiday, it is a legal, public holiday celebrated by several states—New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio. Most states do not celebrate Lincoln’s birthday as a standalone holiday. Instead, it’s combined with George Washington’s birthday and celebrated on the third Monday of February as President’s Day.
President’s Day – Monday, February 19, 2018
President’s Day is a relatively new holiday that has evolved to not only celebrate the birth of George Washington, but the birth, life, and victories of all our Great American Presidents, past and present. The original holiday was established in the 1880s to celebrate Washington’s birthday on February 22. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was created to increase the number of three-day holiday weekends for American workers. Washington’s birthday was combined with Lincoln’s, moved to the third Monday of February, and President’s Day was born.
Washington’s Birthday – Thursday, February 22, 2018
From Crossing the Delaware as General to guiding the United States through its infancy as the first American president, George Washington earned his nickname as the “Father of Our Country”. To honor and celebrate the heroic legacy of George Washington, a holiday was implemented for Washington D.C. government offices in 1879. In 1885, the holiday was expanded to include all federal offices. It was not until 1971 that the holiday was moved to the third Monday of February and the name changed to “President’s Day”. Officially speaking, it’s still referred to as “George Washington’s Birthday” by the Federal Government.