President's Day VS Washington's Birthday
American society has two favorite feasts in February – President's Day and Washington's Birthday. Nevertheless, few people know about the history and the differences between these holidays.
The aim of the President's Day is to worship and to celebrate the achievements of George Washington, the first President of the USA. Many students conduct some memorial evenings in his honor. This feast has a long tradition from 1862 and stays popular even today.
The history of Washington's Birthday is a little bit different. From 1800 till 1870, it was the unofficial feast. Only in 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes decided to make it as the first federal holiday in America. Till 1885 the feast was famous especially in Washington, D.C. and then spread over the whole country.
In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act appeared with the aim to create a three-day weekend for workers. Since that time the name "Washington's Birthday" (22 February) became less attractive than another one "President's Day.” Senator Robert McClory of Illinois believed that the consolidation of the dates of federal holidays would facilitate the productivity of the employees.
It caused a lot of discussions around the original dates and their meanings. Nevertheless, many private businesses supported the act because of the great opportunity to increase their retail sales. Thus, each state has its day for Washington, Abraham Lincoln, while President's Day became the feast of admiring all the presidents of America.
There is a group of people who do not agree to fame Washington on President's Day. They believed that Washington must have the special day for praising because he was the first American President. Furthermore, he was elected unanimously twice and saved the united country while there were the Revolution War and the crisis in the Europe. Thus, they require that marketers no longer speculate on these two holidays and earn money at the memory of famous people. So, they truly believe that the only right day to esteem Washington is the feast of Washington's Birthday.
Thus, you see that the difference between these holidays has a long historical past. Now you can realize and choose the one for yourself.