President's Day around the world in 2022

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2023 Various Feb 20
American SamoaMon, Feb 20National Holiday
Puerto RicoMon, Feb 20National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsMon, Feb 20Government Holiday
USA Feb 20
AlabamaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
AlaskaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
ArkansasMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
CaliforniaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
ColoradoMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
HawaiiMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
MaineMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
MichiganMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
MinnesotaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
MississippiMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
NevadaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
New HampshireMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
North DakotaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
OklahomaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
OregonMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
South CarolinaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
South DakotaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
TennesseeMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
TexasMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
VermontMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
WashingtonMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
WyomingMon, Feb 20Regional Holiday
2022 Various Feb 21
American SamoaMon, Feb 21National Holiday
Puerto RicoMon, Feb 21National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsMon, Feb 21Government Holiday
USA Feb 21
AlabamaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
AlaskaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
ArkansasMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
CaliforniaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
ColoradoMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
District of ColumbiaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
HawaiiMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
MaineMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
MichiganMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
MinnesotaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
MississippiMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
NevadaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
New HampshireMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
North DakotaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
OklahomaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
OregonMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
South CarolinaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
South DakotaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
TennesseeMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
TexasMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
VermontMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
WashingtonMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
WyomingMon, Feb 21Regional Holiday
2021 Various Feb 15
American SamoaMon, Feb 15National Holiday
Puerto RicoMon, Feb 15National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsMon, Feb 15Government Holiday
USA Feb 15
AlabamaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
AlaskaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
ArkansasMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
CaliforniaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
ColoradoMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
District of ColumbiaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
HawaiiMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
MaineMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
MichiganMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
MinnesotaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
MississippiMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
NevadaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
New HampshireMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
North DakotaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
OklahomaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
OregonMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
South CarolinaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
South DakotaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
TennesseeMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
TexasMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
VermontMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
WashingtonMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
WyomingMon, Feb 15Regional Holiday
2020 Various Feb 17
American SamoaMon, Feb 17National Holiday
Puerto RicoMon, Feb 17National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsMon, Feb 17National Holiday
USA Feb 17
AlabamaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
AlaskaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
ArkansasMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
CaliforniaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
ColoradoMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
District of ColumbiaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
HawaiiMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
MaineMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
MichiganMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
MinnesotaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
MississippiMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
NevadaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
New HampshireMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
North DakotaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
OklahomaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
OregonMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
South CarolinaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
South DakotaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
TennesseeMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
TexasMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
VermontMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
WashingtonMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
WyomingMon, Feb 17Regional Holiday
2019 Various Feb 18
American SamoaMon, Feb 18National Holiday
Puerto RicoMon, Feb 18National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsMon, Feb 18National Holiday
USA Feb 18
AlabamaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
AlaskaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
ArkansasMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
CaliforniaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
ColoradoMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
HawaiiMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
MaineMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
MichiganMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
MinnesotaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
MississippiMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
NevadaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
New HampshireMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
North DakotaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
OklahomaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
OregonMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
South CarolinaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
South DakotaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
TennesseeMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
TexasMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
VermontMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
WashingtonMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday
WyomingMon, Feb 18Regional Holiday

The original version of the holiday was in commemoration of George Washington's birthday.

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When is Washington's Birthday/President's Day?

Washington's Birthday is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. At a state level, it may be called President's Day, with an apostrophe that moves about from state to state.

Though it may be technically incorrect, the federal holiday is often colloquially referred to as Presidents' Day. The Associated Press Stylebook, most newspapers and some magazines use the form "President's Day" as an alternate rendering of "Washington's Birthday". The name Presidents' Day is also the more common version of the name when used internationally.

This confusion as to the name is that despite its status as a federal holiday, states are free to name this holiday as they wish or even whether or not it is observed as a public holiday in that state.

State by state guide to Presidents' Day

While the day might be a holiday at a state level, whether or not a private company is likely to observe the day as a holiday depends on the nationwide approach to public holidays in that company.

Most government offices and public schools will be closed and it is a postal holiday, so there will be no mail deliveries on President's Day.

History of Presidents' Day

The original version of the holiday was in commemoration of George Washington's birthday in 1796 (the last full year of his presidency). Washington, according to the calendar that has been used since at least the mid-18th century, was born on February 22nd 1732. According to the old style calendar in use back then, however, he was born on February 11th. In 1796, many Americans celebrated his birthday on the 22nd while others marked the occasion on the 11th instead.

By the early 19th century, Washington's Birthday had taken firm root in the American experience as a bona fide national holiday. Its traditions included Birthnight Balls in various regions, speeches, and receptions given by prominent public figures, and a lot of revelry in taverns throughout the land.

President Chester Alan Arthur was the first to designate Washington's original birth date as a national holiday in 1885.

Then along came Abraham Lincoln, another revered president and fellow February baby (born on the 12th of the month). The first formal observance of his birthday took place in 1865, the year after his assassination when both houses of Congress gathered for a memorial address. While Lincoln's Birthday did not become a federal holiday like George Washington's, it did become a legal holiday in several states.

In 1968, legislation (HR 15951) was enacted that affected several federal holidays. One of these was Washington's Birthday, the observation of which was shifted to the third Monday in February each year whether or not it fell on the 22nd. This act, which took effect in 1971, was designed to simplify the yearly calendar of holidays and give federal employees some standard three-day weekends in the process.

An early draft of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act suggested renaming the federal holiday as "Presidents' Day" to honor the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln. This proposal failed in committee and on 28 June 1968, the bill was voted on and signed into law, keeping the name "Washington's Birthday".

Washington's Birthday

While the holiday in February is still officially known as Washington's Birthday (at least according to the Office of Personnel Management), it has become popularly (and, in some cases at the state level, legally) known as "Presidents' Day." This has made the third Monday in February a day for honoring both Washington and Lincoln, as well as all the other men who have served as president.

In Arkansas, Daisy Gatson Bates Day is a state holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.

Mount Rushmore

We use images of Mount Rushmore on this page, so here is some background on this monument.

Mount Rushmore is located in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum. The side of the mountain features 18-meter (60-foot) sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents from left to right: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

These four Presidents were chosen for this monumental sculpture for the following reasons: 

  • George Washington – He was the first president and represents the foundation of American democracy.
  • Thomas Jefferson – With the Louisiana Purchase, he greatly expanded the nation. He was also the author of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Theodore Roosevelt – He not only represents the industrial development of the nation but was also widely known for conservation efforts.
  • Abraham Lincoln – As the president during the US Civil War, he represents the preservation of the nation above all costs.

Did you know?

Three facts about President's Day

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

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

President Gerald Ford was the first to be president and vice president without ever being elected.

More facts about President's Day

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