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WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT’S DAY?
The narrative of Presidents Day date starts in 1800. Following President George Washington’s passing in 1799, his February 22 birthday turned into an enduring day of recognition. At the time, Washington was revered as the most vital figure in American history, and occasions like the 1832 centennial of his introduction to the world and the beginning of the development of the Washington Monument in 1848 were cause for the national festival.
While Washington’s Birthday was an informal recognition for a large portion of the 1800s, it was not until the point that the late 1870s that it turned into a government occasion. Congressperson Steven Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas was the first to propose the measure, and in 1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes marked it into law. The occasion at first just connected to the District of Columbia, however, in 1885 it was extended to the entire nation. At the time, Washington’s Birthday joined four other broadly perceived government bank occasions—Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving—and was the first to praise the life of an individual American. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, marked into law in 1983, would be the second.