It’s Presidents day, but why?  Presidents day originated in the 1880s, when the birthday of George Washington was celebrated as a Federal holiday. So, technically the holiday is Washington’s birthday.  In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. The change was designed to schedule certain holidays so that workers had a number of long weekends throughout the year, but it has been opposed by those who believe that those holidays should be celebrated on their actual dates.  During debate on the bill, it was proposed that Washington’s Birthday be renamed Presidents’ Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington, born February 22, and Lincoln, born February 12. Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change. After the bill went into effect in 1971, however, Presidents’ Day became the commonly accepted name, due in part to the use of that name by retailers to promote sales.