Celebration of Washington's birthday moved in 1968 - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Celebration of Washington's birthday moved in 1968

Presidents Day is now viewed by many as a day to celebrate all U.S. chief executives. (Source: MGN Online) Presidents Day is now viewed by many as a day to celebrate all U.S. chief executives. (Source: MGN Online)
  • Government shutdown endNational politicsMore>>

  • Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

    Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

    Sunday, February 25 2018 7:56 AM EST2018-02-25 12:56:12 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:58 PM EST2018-02-25 19:58:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). In this Feb. 21, 2018, photo, school students from Montgomery County, Md., in suburban Washington, rally in solidarity with those affected by the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida, at the Capitol in Washi...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). In this Feb. 21, 2018, photo, school students from Montgomery County, Md., in suburban Washington, rally in solidarity with those affected by the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida, at the Capitol in Washi...
    Members of Congress are returning to work after a 10-day break, and they're under great pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence.More >>
    Members of Congress are returning to work after a 10-day break, and they're under great pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence.More >>
  • Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance

    Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance

    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:35 AM EST2018-02-25 05:35:44 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:58 PM EST2018-02-25 19:58:08 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    The Democratic document attempts to undercut and add context to some of the main points from a declassified Republican memo that was released earlier this month. 

    More >>

    The Democratic document attempts to undercut and add context to some of the main points from a declassified Republican memo that was released earlier this month. 

    More >>
  • Trump officials fight eviction from Panama hotel they manage

    Trump officials fight eviction from Panama hotel they manage

    Saturday, February 24 2018 11:55 AM EST2018-02-24 16:55:21 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:57 PM EST2018-02-25 19:57:01 GMT
    One of President Donald Trump's family businesses is battling an effort to physically evict its team of executives from a luxury hotel in Panama where they manage operations.More >>
    One of President Donald Trump's family businesses is battling an effort to physically evict its team of executives from a luxury hotel in Panama where they manage operations.More >>

(RNN) - People age 50 and older may remember celebrating George Washington's birthday Feb. 22 of each year.

Before 1971, Washington's birthday was one of nine federal holidays celebrated on specific dates. In an effort to provide three-day weekends to federal workers, Congress in 1968 voted to move three existing holidays to Mondays.

The legal holiday for Washington's birthday was moved from Feb. 22 to the third Monday in February. From a federal viewpoint, the first president's birthday is celebrated along with that of Abraham Lincoln, who was born Feb. 12.

However, many now view Presidents Day as a celebration of all U.S. chief executives.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • WAFB Online Poll

  • Of the following former U.S. presidents, who do you think was the most influential?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    George Washington
    9%
    118 votes
    Thomas Jefferson
    4%
    55 votes
    Abraham Lincoln
    55%
    768 votes
    Franklin D. Roosevelt
    8%
    117 votes
    Ronald Reagan
    15%
    213 votes
    Andrew Jackson
    1%
    9 votes
    George W. Bush
    2%
    21 votes
    Theodore Roosevelt
    2%
    24 votes
    Woodrow Wilson
    0%
    1 vote
    Bill Clinton
    4%
    60 votes
Powered by Frankly