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Pic of the Week: Monday is not Presidents’ Day – Or is it?

This coming Monday, February 15, we will celebrate the federal holiday, Washington’s Birthday. You may be thinking, “my calendar says Monday is ‘Presidents’ Day,’ not ‘Washington’s birthday!’” Interestingly, the federal holiday is officially called Washington’s Birthday (5 US Code 6103) and is observed on the third Monday in February as established by Public Law 90-361 (82 Stat 250).

George Washington birthplace sign. Photo by Fernando O. Gonzalez.

George Washington’s birthplace sign. Photo by Fernando O. González.

Some states also observe Washington’s birthday, but may have different names for the holiday. In some quick research I found “President’s Day,” “Presidents’ Day,” “Presidents Day.” Some states don’t celebrate this day at all and other states include additional presidents in their version of the holiday. Alabama, for example, observes “George Washington / Thomas Jefferson Birthday” and for Montana it is called “Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays.” Another fact I learned was that not all states observe this holiday in February—Georgia observes Washington’s birthday in December.

You can search Congress.gov for legislation proposed to change or modify the federal holiday. Over the years various members of Congress suggested changing the name, date, or adding Lincoln’s birthday as a holiday.

Interested in what holidays your state will observe in 2016? Here is a handy list of states’ websites I compiled listing their official holidays: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

For this Friday’s “Pic of the Week” I offer a recap of several presidents’ homes from my Virginia Dynasty series. It was a pleasure to visit these historic sites and there are many more outside Virginia. The National Park Service offers a list of presidential sites. Which site is the closest presidential home that you could visit this weekend in observance of Washington’s Birthday, Presidents Day, or whichever version of the holiday your state may observe?

Ash Lawn-Highland, home of James Monroe. Photo by Fernando O. Gonzalez.

Ash Lawn-Highland, home of James Monroe. Photo by Fernando O. González.

Monticello. Photo by Fernando O. Gonzalez.

Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson. Photo by Fernando O. González.

Mount Vernon. Photo by Fernando O. Gonzalez.

Mount Vernon, home of George Washington. Photo by Fernando O. González.

Montpelier. Photo by Fernando O. Gonzalez.

Montpelier, home of James Madison. Photo by Fernando O. González.

Pepperdine University School of Law—Pic of the Week

The remnants of snow from the colossal Washington, DC snow storm did not hinder Malibu law students from Pepperdine University School of Law from visiting the Law Library on Thursday, January 28. The law students, who are participants in the law school’s Washington, DC, Externship Semester program, visited the Law Library to receive Congress.gov research […]

13th Amendment – Pic of the Week

On this day 150 years ago, December 18, 1865, then Secretary of State William H. Seward issued the following statement verifying the ratification of the 13th Amendment. These two digitized images come from A Century of Lawmaking.  The image below comes from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress and shows that the […]

Nobel Week Highlighted by In Custodia Legis – Pic of the Week

This week our In Custodia Legis team celebrated Nobel Week with the Swedes and millions of others around the globe. The ten individual 2015 Nobel Laureates were honored in the Nobel Prize Award ceremony yesterday in Stockholm, Sweden, with the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, December 12. If you are enthusiastic about awards […]

Our National Bird – Pic of the Week

Like millions of Americans, I spent yesterday baking and eating all sorts of food which is traditional to Thanksgiving.  I have always loved the cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, I enjoy the pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream, but for me the pièce de résistance is the turkey.  However, if Congress had heeded Benjamin […]

Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit–Pic of the Week

As a member of the Legislative and External Relations Office in the Law Library of Congress, I have the exciting opportunity to plan public events that celebrate law related observances such as Law Day and Constitution Day. I also have the pleasure of coordinating program visits for legal professionals and students from all over the world who want […]

The Indiana State House – Pic of the Week

On a trip back home to Indiana, I stopped in at the Indiana State House. I always enjoy visiting buildings with a dome (the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress Jefferson Building, and the Hoosier Dome), so it is no surprise that I think the Indiana State House is a beautiful building. The Indiana Supreme […]