February; Presidents’ Day 2020 occurs on Monday, February 17. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.History
In the past
When I was younger and in school, I remember that president’s day was known as Washington’s birthday. I remember one assignment we had to do the week of Washington’s Birthday was to create a silhouette of his face. I’ve never been very good at art, so my silhouette won no prizes, but I was happy to do it. There was also another president’s birthday in February I believe it was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. So, there were two presidents’ birthdays in February, and the government in its wisdom merged them into one day and moved that day to a Monday to create a three-day weekend.
Because I have nothing against long weekends, I like that part of the consolidation, but I believe that it diminishes the importance of President Washington’s and President Lincoln’s contributions. Presidents day was not a recognized holiday at most of the places I worked. But the state of Utah recognizes president’s day as a holiday. There were many paid vacations in state government, and I enjoyed them all.
Businesses closed on Sunday. Sunday closures were a good idea. And most people had no problem planning around Sunday closures. I’m not saying they were closed everywhere on Sunday, but for sure they were closed in most of Utah and especially Salt Lake City. Saturday was the day for grocery shopping and clothes shopping because the rest of the week people were working and didn’t have time to do their shopping after work. People were busy preparing dinner, the kids were busy doing their homework, and the fathers were grateful to relax for a while.
I’m home most of the time, entertaining myself and not missing work at all. Some people cannot achieve mental survival without working. My brother is one of those people. He loves to work and plans on working for the rest of his life. Me, I have never enjoyed working, but I did because I had to survive.
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