President’s Day 2017

The 24th annual Presidents Day is on Monday, February 20th, 2017.  The observance of George Washington’s Birthday, February 22nd, 1732,  is always the third Monday in February.

Washington’s Birthday or President’s Day?

The Federal holiday is officially recognized as Washington’s Birthday.  The Federal government has never legally changed the holiday to President’s Day.  However, where it gets complicated is at the state and local level as they do not need to abide by Federal holidays.  24 states recognize President’s Day only, 9 recognize Washington’s Birthday only and 9 states do not observe any form of these holidays.

Ultimately for many it’s how you want to honor this day.  As a day for Washington’s birthday plus Lincoln’s or even all Presidents.

President’s Day Events Across the U.S.

Military Activities and Events on President’s Day

  • 21 Gun Salutes – Soldier’s across the U.S. and overseas perform 21 gun salutes on President’s Day.
  • Naturalization Ceremonies – Many military units use President’s Day as a time for soldier’s to take their Oath of Citizenship.
  • Great Aloha Run – This is a President’s Day run that takes place in Hawaii raises money for various Hawaii based charitable organizations.  Military units as far as Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan have ran in conjunction with this run to raise money as well as a strong presence of service member that run in the event in Hawaii.

2017 Presidential Library Events