Although it may seem this holiday is for celebrating 0% financing and free delivery of furniture, this is actually a day for celebrating George Washington.
Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled Presidents’ Day or President’s Day). As Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states.
Titled Washington’s Birthday, a federal holiday honoring George Washington was originally implemented by an Act of Congress in 1880 for government offices in the District of Columbia (20 Stat. 277) and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices (23 Stat. 516). As the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, the holiday was celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday, February 22. On January 1, 1971, the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This date places it between February 15 and 21, which makes the name “Washington’s Birthday” a misnomer, since it never lands on Washington’s actual birthday, February 22.
The first attempt to create a Presidents’ Day occurred in 1951 when the “President’s Day National Committee” was formed by Harold Stonebridge Fischer of Compton, California, who became its National Executive Director for the next two decades. The purpose was not to honor any particular President, but to honor the office of the Presidency. It was first thought that March 4, the original inauguration day, should be deemed Presidents’ Day.
An early draft of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act would have renamed the holiday to Presidents’ Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln, which would explain why the chosen date falls between the two, but this proposal failed in committee and the bill as voted on and signed into law on 28 June 1968, kept the name Washington’s Birthday.
By the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents’ Day” began its public appearance. Although Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen state governments have officially renamed their Washington’s Birthday observances as “Presidents’ Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day”, or other such designations. However, “Presidents’ Day” is not always an all-inclusive term.
However, when reviewing the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill debate of 1968 in the Congressional Record, one notes that supporters of the Bill were intent on moving federal holidays to Mondays to promote business.
The holiday is also a tribute to the general who created the first military badge of merit for the common soldier. Revived on Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932, the Purple Heart medal is awarded to soldiers who are injured in battle. As with Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Washington’s Birthday offers another opportunity to honor the country’s veterans.
While it may be under several feet of cold snow at the moment, warm, rich soil lay in wait of springtime, ready to accept tomato plants, carrot seeds, and other nutritious vegetable and fruit plantings.
Starting later this month, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton/Montgomery Counties Food Gardening 101 series will offer beginning gardeners the opportunity to learn about successfully growing vegetables and fruits in the backyard for the family table.
Trained volunteer Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton and Montgomery Counties will teach this four-part series. All classes will take place once a month at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizen Center, 109 East Main St., Johnstown, 6–8 p.m., February through May.
Residents may register for all four classes or select separate sessions. Each session will provide a combination of classroom instruction, demonstration and hands-on experiences.
Hundreds of great items will be up for grabs, including gift certificates from many local merchants! ADMISSION IS FREE.
Food, drink, raffles, giveaways. Look for their infamous “Wheelbarrow of Cheer” raffle! Viewing/bidding 11am-2pm.
Winners will be drawn immediately after.
Dave Silvers from Bug Country will host the event again this year!
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