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NBC5 Editorial: Celebrating the meaning of Presidents' Day

NBC5 Editorial: Celebrating the meaning of Presidents' Day

It seems nobody wants George Washington to have a birthday anymore.

Washington was born February 22, 1732 - or February 11, according to the old style calendar in use in the British Colony of Virginia at the time.

Columbus Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day were also moved from their traditionally designated dates.

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In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the holiday is referred to as "Presidents Day".

In its modern form, Presidents' Day is used by many patriotic and historical groups as a date for staging celebrations, reenactments and other events.

In the late 1960s, there came a movement to make federal holidays fall on a Monday.

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Lincoln's birthday has never been a federal holiday.

The weekend also marks the final chance for visitors to see the museum's painting of Washington's war tent during the Revolutionary War. Martin Luther King Jr. Washington's actual birthday falls on February 22, which became a federal holiday in 1879. Because the holiday falls between February 15 and 21 it can never fall on the actual anniversary of Washington's birth in 1732.

The White House released somewhat of a primer for George Washington's Birthday Feb. 19, pointing out a few nuances and particulars of Washington's Birthday vs. the contemporary "Presidents' Day". But, that's only for some states. The official federal recognition remains the "Washington's Birthday" that those of a certain age may remember from their school days; these days, the nation's observed Presidents Day splits the difference in honoring the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22).

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The year was 1732 when Washington was born in Westmoreland County. Maybe so, After all, he did help secure the blessings of liberty and help found these United States. Two, if you think they really need it.

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