Millions of Americans celebrate Presidents' Day in the United States

Millions of Americans are observing the third Monday of February as Presidents' Day in the United States.

Presidents' Day, first observed in 1879, commemorates the birthday of the first president of the United States, George Washington, who was the only state leader elected unanimously.

It originally began on February 22nd but was later decided to be celebrated between the birthdays of George Washington (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12), the 16th president of the United States and founder of the Republican Party, born in 1809. It was during Lincoln's presidency that the law abolishing slavery was enacted.

Presently, Presidents' Day is observed as a federal holiday dedicated to all past and present U.S. presidents.

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