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| President's Day
By Sarah Lane
Jan 21, 2008, 14:00 PST
President's Day is celebrated this year on Monday, February 19th. This day was set aside to recognize George Washingtons birthday, Abraham Lincolns birthday, and to honor all past presidents of the United States of America.
This day wasnt originally a national holiday, but in 1968 legislation was passed to switch the celebration of Washingtons Birthday to the third Monday of February. This didnt actually go into effect until 1971. Even though the Office of Personnel Management recognizes this day as Washingtons Birthday, most people, and even some states, call this day Presidents Day. Its especially important to recognize this day in school, as you learn about the great leaders of our nation and their accomplishments.
Source: Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Additional Learning Links
Presidents Day History
Read the complete history of how this holiday came about from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. There is a lesson plan, links, and comprehensive biographies on both Washington and Lincoln.
Reading Level: Hard
Presidents Day Resources
This is a helpful list of resources for those studying George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and every other President.
Source: Montgomery County Public Schools, Social Studies
Reading Level: All
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