Presidents' Day 2021 occurred on Monday, February 15. The holiday is observed on the third Monday of February, the birth month of two of the country’s most prominent presidents - George Washington, the nation’s first president, and Abraham Lincoln, who led the country through the Civil War.
Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents' Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents' Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.
To celebrate Presidents’ Day, we highlight the first President of the United States AND past volunteer firefighter, George Washington. History states, Washington served in the Alexandria Fire Department in Virginia after it was founded in 1774. And this is how the volunteer fire service began.