It’s President’s Day, But Not According to Congress
Today is President’s Day, a Federal Holiday for many. Even though it is a Federal holiday, Congress has never recognized it as a Federal holiday. So how did that happen you ask? We used to celebrate George Washington’s birthday on February 22nd, but Congress decided to change it to the third Monday of February back in 1971. After the change of date, it was still known as Washington’s Birthday even though it never fell on Washington’s actual birthday.
It wasn’t until the mid-1980's that it became known as President’s Day thanks to a push from advertisers. So the name “President’s Day” has never officially been recognized as such by Congress. Ah, the power of advertising.