February 19, 2018
Many Americans get to enjoy a long weekend this week — and they have George Washington to thank.
arrives every third Monday in February and is a federal holiday, which means most government
offices, post offices and banks are closed. The holiday, which falls on Monday, February 19 this year, was initially established to honor George Washington, and the federal government still refers to the day as it was originally designated by law, calling
it Washington’s Birthday.
In fact, some states still honor George Washington's birthday, such as Indiana and Georgia, as State Holidays.
was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington's birth, on February 22. In
1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.
Make it a great week!