Friday, February 17, 2006

Happy President's Day!

President's Day is this Monday, which means a national holiday, which means there's no work that day, which means a three-day weekend! Whoo-hoo! So let's have a teeny history lesson for the day, shall we?

The original version of the holiday was in commemoration of George Washington's birthday in 1796, the last full year of his presidency. By the early 19th century, Washington's Birthday had taken a hold in the American experience as a true national holiday. Some events included Birthnight Balls in various regions, speeches and receptions given by prominent public figures, and a lot of celebration in pubs throughout the land.

Apparently, while the holiday in February is still officially known as Washington's Birthday to many, it has become popularly (and, perhaps in some cases at the state level, legally) known as President's Day. This has made the third Monday in February a day for honoring both Washington and Lincoln, as well as all the other men who have served as president.

On Presidents Day I don't really do much to celebrate...I just thank God that I don't have to run the country - or go to work. Maybe this year I'll get really super drunk - for the President, of course.

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