It’s Presidents’ Day — but how much do you know about this holiday and our first president? Here are some fun facts and trivia to help celebrate this historic day and share with friends.
- Presidents’ Day is also called Washington’s Birthday (born on Feb. 22), but it’s intended to honor all U.S. presidents. Abraham Lincoln was also born in February (Feb. 12), so this month does seem like an appropriate time to celebrate our presidents.
- Before Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968 to keep federal holidays on Mondays (instead of falling all over the place), Presidents’ Day was always celebrated on Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22. Now Presidents’ Day is always the third Monday of February (sometime between Feb. 15 and 21) — which means it can never line up to fall on Feb. 22 again.
- Because George Washington was born when the Julian calendar was still being used, his original birthday was Feb. 11, 1731. When Britain and its colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar (which added Leap Years to more accurately reflect the Earth’s revolutions around the sun), people born before 1752 were told to adjust their birth dates. The Cliffs Notes version: Washington’s birthday was changed from Feb. 11, 1731 to Feb. 22, 1732.
- One more unusual Washington fact: According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, some of his “wooden teeth” were actually made of hippopotamus ivory that was filed down to fit his mouth.