While in reality it is still a holiday to honor George and Abe, many see it as a day to honor our current commander in chief. The holiday also honors President Abraham Lincoln, who was born on February 12, 1809, and invites celebrants to honor all who have served in the country's highest office.
After that, three students from fifth grade through sophomore year of high school will deliver prize-winning speeches inspired by Lincoln at 2 p.m.in the Chicago Room North.
Presidents Day 2017 is this Monday, Feb. 20, and many businesses and institutions are closed for the day. Others are trying to make You're Fired- Trump's catchphrase from The Apprentice- trend.
While Presidents Day began as an unofficial holiday to celebrate George Washington's February 22 birthday, it didn't become a federal holiday until 1879, when President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law, and not a national bank holiday until six years later, according to the History Channel.
Congress has never declared a national holiday binding in all states and each state decides its own legal holidays.
There's no regular mail delivery and post offices will be closed.
President's EPA nominee confirmed
In the end, only one Republican senator, Maine's Susan Collins , crossed party lines to vote against Pruitt's confirmation. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as the next administrator of the U.S.
However the Department of Defense issued a President's Day tweet honoring our first commander in chief and his successors. Abraham Lincoln's birthday is February 12.
Pop quiz: What holiday are we celebrating?
Washington should have a standalone holiday and if the country wished to extend a similar honor to Lincoln, it can be done with enough separation so as not to overlap each other.
To set the record straight, the third Monday in February is a federal holiday, meaning that federal employees get the day off and federal offices are closed.
But dozens of states celebrate the presidential legacy, or the hope of getting a really great deal on a auto, on the same day. When Presidents' Day was established in 1971, many state and local governments started celebrating Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays on the same day. Even Hallmark doesn't have a line of Presidents Day greeting cards.