Presidents’ Day is a national holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It was first observed in 1879 to honor the life and accomplishments of America’s founding father, George Washington, who was born February 22, 1732.
This holiday was once called Washington’s Birthday. It was the first American holiday established to honor one of its own citizens. Washington was commander-in-chief of colonial forces during the Revolutionary War, and the country’s first president in 1789.
Washington also played a key role in bringing together different political parties and helped keep America out of foreign conflicts. After serving as president for two terms (eight years), he stepped down, believing there should be limits on the power of this role. Today, he is still known as one of the greatest presidents of the United States and regarded worldwide as a legendary patriot.