President’s Day falls on Monday, February 17th, 2020, and this year will be the 27th annual celebration. 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, though 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 U.S. states recognize President’s Day only, while 9 recognize Washington’s Birthday only, and 9 states do not observe any form of these holidays.
Ultimately for many, it is how you choose to honor this day. As a day to recognize Washington’s birthday, or Lincoln’s birthday, or even all American Presidents, past and present.
President’s Day Events Across the U.S.
- Mount Vernon – Celebrate Washington’s Birthday with free admission to Mount Vernon.
- Mary Washington’s House – President’s Day at Mary Washington’s House, The Rising Sun Tavern & and The Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop.
- George Washington Birthday Parade and Weekend Festivities – The largest parade in the country celebrating the anniversary of the birth of the nation’s first president. This event takes place in Alexandria, VA, on Washington’s Birthday holiday, Monday, February 18th, from 1 to 3 p.m.
- George Washington Memorial – In honor of George Washington’s birthday, the admission to the Memorial will be free of charge on Friday, February 22nd, 2019.
- National Constitution Center – Admission is FREE on Presidents Day, February 18th.
Military Activities and Events on President’s Day
- 21 Gun Salutes – Military personnel across the U.S. and overseas traditionally perform 21 gun salutes on President’s Day.
- Naturalization Ceremonies – Many military units use President’s Day as a time for service members to take their Oath of Citizenship.
- Great Aloha Run – This is a President’s Day run that takes place in Hawaii, and raises money for various Hawaii based charitable organizations. Military units as far as Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan have participated from afar, to raise money as well.
2019 Presidential Library Events
- Herbert Hoover Library – No event currently scheduled.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
- Harry S. Truman Library
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Library – No event currently scheduled.
- John F. Kennedy Library
- Lyndon B. Johnson Library
- Richard Nixon Library – No event currently scheduled.
- Gerald R. Ford Library – No event currently scheduled.
- Jimmy Carter Library – No event currently scheduled.
- Ronald Reagan Library
- George H. W. Bush Library
- William J. Clinton Library
- George W. Bush Library – No event currently scheduled.
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