Presidents Day 2018: Alabama holiday snubs Lincoln

NBC5 Editorial: Celebrating the meaning of Presidents' Day

He follows in the footsteps of 44 others, all the way back to George Washington, who took the first oath of office in 1789. At least, as they used the calendar at the time. Championed by Senator Robert McClory of IL, this law sought to shift the celebration of several federal holidays from specific dates to a series of predetermined Mondays.

It's a federal holiday, but what does this mean for mail, and will schools and banks be open? The next would be Martin Luther King, Jr.

The day is still officially called "Washington's Birthday" but it became popularly known as Presidents Day after it was moved as part of 1971's Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to help the nation's workers enjoy more three-day weekends.

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This year, the holiday falls on Monday, Feb. 19. You see, 1879, the United States added Washington's Birthday as its fifth national holiday, joining New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The state's department of human resources, though, goes with Presidents' Day.

Actors portraying the presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore - Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington - will be available for pictures throughout the day. Washington's actual birthday falls on February 22, which became a federal holiday in 1879. The third Monday in February is still listed on official calendars as Washington's Birthday. Do some people hate George Washington?

Admission will be half-price at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda Monday for Presidents Day. It appeared to many that a federal holiday now existed to celebrate both Washington and Lincoln-as well as America's other 43 commanders in chief.

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