Presidents' Day dates back to our founding father and first President, George Washington. Washington was born on February 22, 1732. On his birthday in 1796, when Washington was in his last full year as president, the day became the holiday known as Washington's Birthday. However, Americans didn't observe this holiday until 1832, 100 years after his birth.
Abraham Lincoln was the next President to gain reverence similar to Washington. Born on February 12, 1809, Lincoln's birthday was first celebrated in 1865, the year after he was assassinated. Although his birthday was not honored as a federal holiday like Washington's, many states adopted it as a legal holiday.
It is not certain how Presidents Lincoln and Washington, whose birthdays were fused in order to form one legal holiday, would have felt about those bargains named in their honor. Washington endured cold, wintry battlefields probably wishing he had a new, warm coat or boots.
As frivolous as our celebrations may seem, it is truly a day to remember those great Presidents of ours and the unflagging work they have done to make our country great. Being a President is not an easy job. I wouldn't want to be one for sure. So today I'm celebrating our Presidents past, present and future.
I have already done my shopping and have some leftover cherry pie in the cupboard!
Have a Merry Monday everyone!