Monday, February 20, 2012

The day of all the presidents.

It's Presidents' Day today! But what does that mean, other than getting a day off work and seeing Presidents Day sales everywhere one turns one's head?

Presidents' Day originally honored the birth of George Washington, the first president of the United States, for those how need a quick reminder. Initially, it was celebrated on his actual birthday, February 22, just over a week after the celebrations of Lincoln's birthday, February 12. Since 1971 these two birthday boys have been commemorated together, along with all past presidents, each year the third Monday in February. This year, that would be today.

A quick glance at today's even calendar tells me it's a day we we can go out and enjoy parades and walks down memory lane. At this early hour, I have not decided yet what to do. But a visit to Old Town Alexandria to watch the parade does seem appealing.

Happy Presidents' Day, people!

So, Presidents Day is not only a celebration of the current president, Mr. Obama, just to clarify that.

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