Many of us look forward to the four day weekend in February, dubbed “Winter Weekend”. It’s four days of relaxation, sleep, and Netflix. However, why do we get those days off? Let’s find out.
The holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February is officially “Washington’s Birthday”. However, many people believe that that day celebrates both Washington’s birthday and Lincoln’s birthday.
In 1885, President Chester Arthur signed a bill making Washington’s birthday a federal holiday. At that point, President Lincoln’s birthday, on February 12th, never became a federal holiday. However, it was celebrated as a legal holiday in numerous states, not including what used to be the Confederacy.
In 1968, the “Monday Holidays Act” was passed by Congress, moving the celebration of Washington’s birthday from February 22nd to the third Monday in February. Some people wanted to name the holiday President’s Day, so that the holiday could celebrate both Lincoln’s birthday on the 12th and Washington’s birthday, but that was rejected
Celebrating Washington’s birthday seems a little obsessive in my opinion, but I’m not complaining.
And the Friday? That’s an HB thing, but again – I’m not complaining.
Now that you know what Winter Weekend, get some Starbucks, open up Netflix, and relax.