Presidents Day originated as a holiday for George Washington’s birthday which is traditionally celebrated on the 22nd of February. Due to a Congressional initiative to attach federal holidays to the weekend, they moved the day to the third Monday in February, thus creating an uninterrupted, three-day stretch of leisure time.
This holiday is most commonly called Presidents Day, but the federal holiday is officially called Washington’s Birthday. The day honors all of the previous presidents of the United States.
To celebrate Presidents Day, let’s take a look back at some little known fun facts about some U.S. presidents:
- Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, never went to school. However, he gained knowledge from people around him. He got a little help from his friends in the learning department. While working in a tailor shop, his friends taught him the letters of the alphabet. Later on, his wife taught him to read and write.
- George Washington was the only president unanimously elected. This means that all of the state representatives voted for him.
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were the only two presidents to sign the Declaration of Independence. They also both died on the same day – July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the signing.