10 Facts , About Presidents' Day.
, Presidents' Day occurs on the third Monday of February.
2, Originally, the holiday was meant to celebrate President George Washington's birthday.
, In 1879, President Rutherford B.
Hayes signed the observance of Washington's birthday into law.
, It was the first nationally recognized federal bank holiday to celebrate the life of an American.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was the second.
, In 1932, the holiday was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, which was created by Washington to honor wounded or killed soldiers.
, President Richard Nixon changed the date of the celebration in 1971 under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
The Act was an attempt to have more federal holidays fall on Mondays.
, It also combined the celebration of Washington's birthday with Abraham Lincoln's birthday.
, By the 1980s, Americans began to refer to the holiday as "Presidents' Day" because marketers used the terms to advertise sales over three-day weekends.
9, By the early 2000s, half of the U.S. changed the name to "Presidents' Day" on their calendars.
10, Today, it is considered to be a patriotic day of celebrating presidents of the past and present