So how did Washington’s Birthday come to be known as Presidents Day?
Washington shared the month of February with another notable U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln. Following Lincoln’s 1865 assassination, many chose to observe Lincoln’s birthday – February 12 – as well as Washington’s. In the years to come, a number of states made Lincoln’s birthday a state holiday. Unlike Washington’s birthday, however, Lincoln’s birthday never became a federal holiday.
by: Julie Vickery-Smith, theholidayzone.com
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