What does President's Day celebrate? When is it celebrated?
Officially named Washington's birthday, President's Day is recognized as a federal holiday. Every third Monday in February, we take the time to honor previous US presidents.
Who celebrates this day?
Many states celebrate this holiday as Washington's Day, while other states pay tribute to it as President's Day. The holiday is held between President George Washington's birthday, which is on February 22nd, and President Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12.
Here are some fun facts to enjoy as we commemorate President's Day.
- The only unanimously elected president is George Washington.
- July 4, 1826 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and is also the day that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died.
- Thomas Jefferson was also an accomplished architect.
- The shortest president is James Madison who stood at 5 feet 4 inches. On the other hand, Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson were the tallest at 6 feet 4 inches.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to appear on television (1939).
- When Ronald Reagan was shot by an assassin in 1981, he joked, "I forgot to duck."
- The "S" in Harry S. Truman does not stand for anything.
- The first president who was a Boy Scout was John F. Kennedy.
- In 2006, Barack Obama won a Grammy Award for his voice on the audiobook Dreams from My Father.
- Barack Obama used to work at Baskin-Robbins as a teen.
- Bill Clinton played the saxophone and was in a band called "Three Blind Mice" in high school.
- Before Martin Van Buren, first US-born presidents, all the presidents were born as British subjects.