Happy Presidents Day
So, it happens every February, and it has something to do with these two dead guys we see on our dollars and pennies, but what is Presidents Day really all about? How did it get started? Click here to find out!
Two of America's most famous presidents, George Washington (first president) and Abraham Lincoln (16th president) were both born in February. Lincoln was born on the 12th, Washington on the 22nd. By the early 1800s Americans were celebrating the birthday of the first president. By the end of that century Americans were so impressed with the 16th president that they were also celebrating his birth. In 1971, under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, congress decreed that both birthdays would be celebrated on the third monday in February, creating the holiday we now call Presidents Day.
The BMCC Library is proud to present our Presidents Day display at the Circulation desk, featuring selected Washington and Lincoln materials from our collection.
More than just a celebration of two great leaders, Presidents Day has become a time to remember and honor the work of all America's chief executives, past and present:
- You see them on your coins and bills every day, but how much do you know about those former presidents? Take the Presidential Portraits quiz to find out!
- It's been argued that Presidents Day has led to Washington being forgotten and other unfortunate side effects. Here are some articles on both sides of the debate.
- Want more in-depth histories of the holiday? Check out these articles from the Student Resource Center and the National Archives and Records Administration.
- How about a central site for more info on all U.S. Presidents? Check out the official word from Whitehouse.gov.
- Presidents Day isn't the only holiday that originally had a different name. Read up on the histories of Veterans' Day, Memorial Day, and Thanksgiving Day for just a few examples.