Presidents’ Day was originally known as Washington Day and celebrated on February 22 to honor the birthday of the nation’s first president, George Washington. After Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the U.S started celebrating his birthday on February 12.
In 1971, both holidays were combined, celebrated the third Monday in February, and named Presidents’ Day. As of 1971, Presidents’ Day honors all U.S. presidents, not just George Washington, who served as the country’s first leader and Abraham Lincoln, who helped abolish slavery.
In U.S. culture, this is a popular 3-day weekend to enjoy the nation’s historic landmarks, parks, and waters. Enjoy this U.S. quiz with your with family and friends, or traveling companions this weekend: