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When is Presidents' Day - Washington's Birthday Holiday?

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The annual George Washington Parade in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia

The annual George Washington Parade in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
Question: When is Presidents' Day - Washington's Birthday Holiday?
Answer:

Washington's Birthday Holiday, a federal holiday in the United States, is observed on the third Monday of February each year. Some states observe the day as Presidents' Day (also sometimes spelled Presidents Day or President's Day, although the latter spelling is not an accepted form) in honor of both George Washington's birthday (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln's birthday (February 12).

Prior to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which was signed into law in 1968 and went into effect in 1971, Washington's Birthday was celebrated as a federal holiday on the day of his actual birthday, February 22. Lincoln's birthday has never been designated as a federal holiday, although it has been observed as a holiday by some states. Although Washington's Birthday is the official name of the federal holiday, it is frequently called Presidents' Day by many people throughout the United States.

Washington's Birthday Holiday - Presidents' Day Dates:

  • 2014 - Monday, February 17
  • 2015 - Monday, February 16
  • 2016 - Monday, February 15
  • 2017 - Monday, February 20
  • 2018 - Monday, February 19
  • 2019 - Monday, February 18
  • 2020 - Monday, February 17
  • 2021 - Monday, February 15
  • 2022 - Monday, February 21
  • 2023 - Monday, February 20
  • 2024 - Monday, February 19
  • 2025 - Monday, February 17
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