Presidents' Day Facts

Facts about Presidents' Day

In the short video above, we take a light-hearted look at the confusion over the name of this holiday.

What is Presidents' Day?

A United States public holiday observed on the Third Monday in February at a federal and state level. The original version of the holiday was in commemoration of George Washington's birthday in 1796 (the last full year of his presidency).

Facts about Presidents' Day

Two future presidents who signed the Declaration of Independence, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on 4 July 1826, the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of independence.

The 'S' in Harry S. Truman does not stand for anything

James Madison and George Washington are the only presidents who signed the Constitution

John F. Kennedy was the first president who was a Boy Scout

Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born as a citizen of the United States. The presidents before him were born as British subjects

James K. Polk was the first president to have his photograph taken while in office

William Henry Harrison died just 32 days after becoming president. He died from a cold he got while standing in the rain giving his inauguration speech

Even though George Washington's birthday was February 22nd, the day is officially celebrated on the third Monday in February

Abraham Lincoln's birthday falls close to George Washington's, but Lincoln's is not a federal holiday. Some states still celebrate his birthday along with George Washington's

Even though Presidents' Day is a federal holiday, each state is free to call it what they choose and how to celebrate

Washington's Birthday can never occur on the public holiday. Under the Gregorian calendar Washington's Birthday was 22 February, but the holiday is observed on the third Monday in February, which cannot occur any later than February 21.

Four presidents were born during February - Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, George Washington, and William Harrison.

The tallest U.S. President was Abraham Lincoln at 6 feet 4 inches (193 centimeters), while the shortest was James Madison at 5 feet 4 inches (163 centimeters).


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