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Levi Battery
02-21-2007, 08:57 AM
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Why is it called Presidents Day when in reality the holiday is designated in the law as Washington’s Birthday?

"Washington's Birthday" in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code,

Forquer
02-21-2007, 09:54 AM
Question

Why is it called Presidents Day when in reality the holiday is designated in the law as Washington’s Birthday?

"Washington's Birthday" in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code,

See the Uniform Monday Holiday Act (public law no. 90-363). While it didn't eliminate "Washington's Birthday" it did amend the Federal Holiday provisions of the U.S. Code.

YOS,

Pete K
02-21-2007, 09:57 AM
in 1971 President Nixon combined the holidays of Lincoln's Birthday and Washington's Birthday into Presidents' Day by Presidential proclamation. He felt this was the same as an Executive Order, it is not, but that is another issue all together. Basically it steamlined the federal holiday schedule and eliminated one day of closed banks, shutdown federal offices ,no mail delivery, etc... in February. Nixon's intent was for citizens to honor all who served in the office of President. Does this diminish the role of Washington and Lincoln? Again, fodder for debate....
Just my .02 as a history teacher.