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This Guide will take students on an adventure to discover the importance and history of Presidents Day.

Introduction to Presidents Day

Presidents' Day, observed on the third Monday of February, is a federal holiday. In 2023, Presidents' Day falls on February 20. Initially established in 1885 to honor President George Washington, the holiday earned the name Presidents' Day following its relocation as per the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971. This act aimed to provide more three-day weekends for the nation's workforce. Although some states maintain separate holidays dedicated to the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other leaders, Presidents' Day has evolved into a widely recognized occasion to celebrate all U.S. presidents, both historical and current.

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