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Posted on Jul 3, 2012 in Stuff We Like

A Petition to Restore February 22 as Washington’s Birthday

By Armchair General

The Father of Our Country deserves a day of his own!

George Washington’s birthday was long observed officially on February 22, the actual anniversary of his birth. First celebrated in the country while Washington was still living, it became a federal holiday in 1885 during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur.

Then, in 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holidays Act that moved the day of observation for some holidays in order to create a uniform system of Monday holidays. When the law took effect in 1971, the official observance of Washington’s birthday was moved to the third Monday in February. Although never officially re-named President’s Day (or Presidents Day), it now frequently appears that way on calendars and is widely held to be a day combining the observances of the birthdays of Washington and Abraham Lincoln (born February 12). Some feel it should be a day for celebrating all the presidents of the United States.


Washington Deserves His Own Day
George Washington—leader of the Continental Army that won independence from England, the first president of the United States—deserves his own day of prominence in American society. Congressman Frank Wolf (R–Va) has introduced a bill, H.R. 2268, in the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize February 22, Washington’s actual birth date as a national holiday.

if you would like to support restoring February 22 as the day for official recognition of the Father of Our Country, click on the link below and sign the petition.

1 Comment

  1. dont understand why they changed it in the first place……….