Chicago Grammar School

Presidents’ Day – no class

Feb 18, 2019

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Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday established to honor the Presidents of the United States.  Well…. not really.  The official federal holiday is actually Washington’s Birthday, to be celebrated, according to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, on the third Monday in February.  (As an aside, it’s a bit ironic since his birthday is February 22nd and the third Monday can never be later than the 21st!) It was later proposed that the holiday be called Presidents’ Day since so many states also celebrate Lincoln’s birthday; Congress rejected the name change.

Regardless what the official federal holiday is called, we embrace the opportunity for teaching moments as we commemorate the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln, honor the accomplishments of so many of our Presidents, and celebrate the dignity of the Constitution.


February 18