Happy Presidents Day! On this day we commemorate the presidents of the United States and should reflect on the past leaders that have guided our nation and the world to where we are today. For a bit of fun, we wanted to share some trivia to kick off the week!
Presidents' Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February. This date was chosen as the holiday was originally established to honor George Washington's birthday on February 22nd.
The holiday was officially known as Washington's Birthday until 1968, when it was renamed to Presidents Day to honor all past and present U.S. presidents.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 3.3 million people in the United States with the last name Washington, which is the most common presidential surname in the country.
The tallest U.S. president was Abraham Lincoln, who stood at 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) tall. The shortest U.S. president was James Madison, who was 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm) tall.
Presidents Day is a popular time for sales, with many retailers offering discounts and deals. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent $21.8 billion during the 2020 Presidents Day weekend.
The first Presidents Day parade was held in 1796 in Philadelphia, the capital of the United States at the time.
Presidents Day is a federal holiday, which means that most government offices, banks, and schools are closed. However, the majority of businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores, remain open.
As of 2023, there have been 46 U.S. presidents.