Washington’s Birthday (2013)

Posted on February 18, 2013 9:00 am

It seems nobody wants George Washington to have a birthday anymore. Or ever.

George Washington was born on February 11, 1731. At least, as they used the calendar at the time. Great Britain and its colonies used the Julian calendar then, and the new year didn’t begin until March 25. Weird, right?

Then, in 1752, Great Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar. That moved New Year’s Day to January 1, in addition to causing a refiguring of dates. Among the changes was that February 11, 1731 became February 22, 1732.

Only, folks weren’t done messing with George Washington’s birthday. You see, 1879, the United States added Washington’s Birthday as its fifth national holiday, joining New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Other days were added along and along.

In the late 1960s, there came a movement to make federal holidays fall on a Monday. In 1971, that was made to happen for four of the nine federal holidays. New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day kept their actual dates. But Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day were moved to Mondays. When Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. was added — and yes, that’s the actual name of the holiday — it, too, was designated as a Monday.

All of the Monday holidays fall on the Monday nearest the actual date, except one: Washington’s Birthday. It’s the third Monday of February, which means it can fall as early as the 15th, but never after the 21st. In other words, Washington’s Birthday will never fall on Washington’s birthday.

But wait! There’s more!

In the last several years, there has been a diminishing of George Washington by people calling his birthday “Presidents Day.” Well, it’s not. Now, it’s true that some states used to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday (February 12) as a state holiday, and have combined Lincoln’s birthday and Washington’s birthday into one observance. But, that’s only for some states. The U. S. holiday on the third Monday in February is Washington’s Birthday. Take a look at United States Code 5 U.S.C. 6103 and see for yourself.

It’s been rough for George Washington’s birthday, officially and unofficially.

First, they move his birthday from February 11 in one year to February 22 in another year. Then, they make it on a Monday that will never match the actual date. Then, they call it something else. Do some people hate George Washington? Maybe so, After all, he did help secure the blessings of liberty and help found these United States.

I think he deserves his birthday to be called by its proper name. If you hear anyone call it “Presidents Day,” you have my permission to beat them around the head with a stick. Two, if you think they really need it.

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11 Responses to “Washington’s Birthday (2013)”

  1. Eric says:

    Today is Presidents’ Day. The 22nd is Washington’s Birthday two seperate holidays to me and my family.

  2. Basil says:

    No, it’s not. There’s no such thing. Washington’s actual birthday IS the 22nd. But today is the federal holiday Washington’s Birthday. Only dumbasses call it Presidents Day. Don’t be a dumbass.

  3. Carpenter says:

    Presidents Day, in a nation that has does not have a legally elected President is like mowing Artificial grass, making lemonade with Plastic lemons or eating Wax fruit. It doesn’t work because they are not real. What we have here is a pagan liberal holiday that mirrors the Emperor worship of the Imperial cults in ancient Rome.

    George Washington’s birthday, his REAL birthday should be celebrated as he was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Washington was a great man.

    Hussein Obama is not even an American citizen. To put Obama in the same box with George Washington is like sprinkling sugar onto cheap imitation plastic grapes then feeding them to your children.

  4. CCO says:

    On the other hand, the week of George Washington’s birthday is celebrated as National Engineers Week, since surveying is a part of civil engineering and George Washington worked for a time as a surveyor.

  5. Jimmy says:

    En masse, the “Presidents” don’t all deserve honoring. So, the very idea of “President’s Day” is insipid.

  6. Basil is a Dumbass says:

    Hey BASIL, (Dumbass) George Washington was born on February 11, 1731. NOT the 22nd. I want to see YOUR Birth Certificate or I’m calling Immigration….

    [English isn’t your first language, is it? – B.]

  7. Son of Bob says:

    But what about Obama’s birthday? If we are to someday celebrate it, will we celebrate his real birthday or the one on his “birth certificate”?

  8. Apostic says:

    It seems nobody wants George Washington to have a birthday anymore. Or ever.

    What an amazing coincidence. My wife feels the same way about her own birthday.

  9. Oppo says:

    I wonder what people will give each other on Obama’s birthday? I’m voting “present.”

  10. Bunkerhillbilly says:

    Little known fact: George Washington was seen drinking water while speaking.

    This might explain the decline in his popularity.

    (That, or more than half of the populace are flippin’ ignorant about American history.)

  11. Corsair says:

    They had to move his birthday away from the 11th because it was reserved for a future president.

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