Why it's Presidents' Day - WNCT

Why it's Presidents' Day

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Monday is a national holiday. It's when we celebrate George Washington's birthday even though his birthday is actually February 22nd.

An act of Congress in 1879 made Washington's birthday a federal holiday.

Then in 1971 the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect.

It moved Washington's birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day from fixed dates to designated Mondays.

This was all done to give federal employees more three-day weekends.

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Because now the celebration of Washington's birthday falls between his and Lincoln's actual birthdays, it has become more commonly known as Presidents' Day.

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