A day for presidents

So is the holiday that we celebrate on the third Monday in February this?


Or this?


Or this?


My desk supervisor posted a note in our office last week to remind us that the style for the holiday is Presidents Day. The reason for this style is that the day is a day for presidents, not a day belonging to the president or the presidents.

In fact, however, the day is still officially Washington’s Birthday. Here is an explanation of the holidays that the federal government recognizes.

As to why this day has become a great day for stores to have sales, I will defer to retail experts, who must see some value in marking down prices on a day in sometimes dreary February.

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