Presidents’ Day was first started on George Washington’s birthday, February 22, after his death. George Washington was the first president of the United States. In late 1870 it became an official federal holiday. History.com reports that, “The shift from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents’ Day began in the late 1960s when Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Championed by Senator Robert McClory of Illinois, this law sought to shift the celebration of several federal holidays from specific dates to a series of predetermined Mondays.”
Presidents’ Day is a day when many Americans reflect on past leaders and favorite presidents. It is a day to be patriotic and grateful for the country in which we live. Some people in America are not happy with the current situation in the White House, but no president has ever made everyone happy or been a perfect person. It is important to respect our leaders for what they do even if we don’t necessarily agree with their decisions and views.
For some students Presidents’ Day is just another excuse to have a day of school off, but it has a greater meaning to others. Preston Riley, a sophomore at Snow College, said, “I don’t think it means to us as much as it should. Most of us don’t take the time to honor the men who have made this country what it is today. I think we need to honor this day like Independence Day.”
Looking into the past helps better understand how to shape the future. It is important to look at past mistakes and see how they can be avoided or handled. Take time to research previous presidents and their leadership styles and strengths. It is important for us as citizens and future leaders to understand how to better run the United States. Be involved in what’s going on in politics and let your voice be heard.