In the federal calendar of holidays, today is Washington’s Birthday, though it is commonly called Presidents Day. Originally celebrated on February 22, the date of Washington’s birth, the holiday was moved in 1971 to the third Monday of February in order to create more three-day weekends for workers.
In order to help citizens better understand the Father of our Country, Leon and Amy Kass have put together a wonderful e-book, Washington’s Birthday: The American Calendar. It includes classic readings about Washington, as well as several speeches and writings by him. I encourage you to read Washington’s Birthday, both to better understand the man and to better understand America.