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Ridgewood NJ, Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February each year, it is considered a day to recognize all presidents, past and present. Traditionaly it a celebration of certain key presidents, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Presidents Day began as an unofficial holiday on George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday in 1800, just two months after his death but it didn’t become a federal holiday until 1879, when then President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law. Presidents Day became a national bank holiday six years later .Presidents day was the first bank holiday to celebrate an individual and it joined other bank holidays ; Christmas, New Year’s, Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
In 1971 that the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was enacted, to create more three-day weekends for workers and moved the day of observance to the third Monday in February.The act also combined Washington’s birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s (Feb. 12).
Lincoln’s actual birthday is still a state holiday in Illinois, and U.S. government itself still calls the third Monday in February Washington’s Birthday. Interesting side note both William Henry Harrison and Ronald Reagan were also born in February.
The Village of Ridgewood plays it safe by closing the Village Hall and all Village Departments on February 12th and February 15th in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and then Presidents’ Day.
Some of the Ridgewood blog’s Favorite Presidents
George Washington was a leader of the Continental Army in the American Revolution, and was the first to become U.S. president. Called the Father of the Country and the English Empire’s Greatest Enemy.
Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President in 1861, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863.First tried to preserve the Union , later won the Civil war.
As America’s 30th President (1923-1929), Calvin Coolidge demonstrated his determination to preserve the old moral and economic precepts of frugality amid the material prosperity which many Americans were enjoying during the 1920s era. The last true small government President .
Ronald Reagan, originally an American actor and politician, became the 40th President of the United States serving from 1981 to 1989. His term saw a restoration of prosperity at home, with the goal of achieving “peace through strength” abroad.