Celebrated the third Monday of February, Presidents Day was orginally marked as a day to commemorate our first President, George Washington's birthday. Spelled Presidents Day, President's Day or even Presidents' Day, the federal holiday was the first to honor a citizen and was celebrated on his actual date of birth, February 22nd, each year.
It wasn't until 1951 that a committee known as the "President's Day National Committee" proposed a single holiday to celebrate the presidency itself, versus individual presidents.
At the time, March 4th was the original innauguration day and proposed date for this new federal holiday, but because Washington's Birthday and Lincoln's Birthday fell in such close proximity to the date, the Senate Judiciary Committee thought the many holidays would be unduly burdensome and shot the holiday down.
You may not know, but Presidents Day was signed into law under the title of Washington's Birthday on June 28, 1968. In the mid-80s however, ad agencies began to push the title "Presidents Day" out into the public.
In honor of this most esteemed federal holiday, our contributor Emily DiRienzo, hosted a party to celebrate all our famous leaders. Take a look at these fun party ideas!
Invite your friends over and start the celebration with a cocktail in honor of our very first Commander-in-Chief in hand. Presidents Day parties just aren't as fun without Washington's Apple Smash! Read More
While you sip, enjoy this Presidents Day party snack. In honor of Honest Abe, our 16th President, Emily whipped up homemade penny potato chips to munch on and they are delish! Read More
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address lives on even today as one of the greatest speeches of all time, so we couldn't help but draw from it some inspiration for our party menu. Emily created these parfaits that are impossible to resist. Grab a spoon and dig in! Read More
While our Presidents Day party menu is an easy way to celebrate, we suggest taking a page from Emily's book and craft a themed photo booth for your party guests. Pose with beards and mustaches characteristically inspired my our former Presidents - Emily's got the simple tutorial and accompanying printable template to make it even easier! Guests will have a blast with this - especially if they enjoy a few of Washington's Apple Whiskey Smashes. Read More
We gave you a good round up of Presidents Day history above, but for some more deets to either inform or inspire your party a bit more, check out Emily's quick history lesson! Read More