When is Presidents' Day 2017?

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When is Presidents’ Day 2017? When is George Washington’s birthday? Read on …

Both President’s Day and George Washington’s birthday are always celebrated on the third Monday of February.

The observed federal holiday is actually called George Washington’s Birthday. Certain states, however, list the holiday as Presidents’ Day

George Washington’s Birthday

Although George Washington’s birthday is celebrated on February 22, it is observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday of February. To complicate matters, Washington was actually born on February 11 in 1731! How can that be?

During Washington’s lifetime, people in Great Britain and America switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar (something most of Europe had done in 1582). As a result of this calendar reform, people born before 1752 were told to add 11 days to their birth dates. Those born between January 1 and March 25, as Washington was, also had to add one year to be in sync with the new calendar. By the time Washington became president in 1789, he celebrated his birthday on February 22 and listed his year of birth as 1732.

Upon entering office, Washington was not convinced that he was the right man for the job. He wrote, “My movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.” Fortunately for the young country, he was wrong. You can read more about Washington at the official White House Web site.

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
- George Washington, (1732-99)

Presidents’ Day Dates 2017

Year Presidents’ Day
2017 Monday, February 20
2018 Monday, February 19
2019 Monday, February 18

Did You Know?

If you think that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and then admitted his wrongdoing by saying to his father, “I cannot tell a lie,” think again. He didn’t say it; he didn’t even chop down the tree! Parson Mason Weems (1759–1825), one of Washington’s biographers, made up the story hoping to demonstrate Washington’s honesty.

This tale is not the only myth about Washington. His wooden dentures? They weren’t made of wood. Instead, they were made of hippopotamus teeth that had been filed down to fit Washington’s mouth.

Cherry Recipes

We say: Celebrate the presidents’ birthdays with a cherry recipe! Here are our favorite cherry recipes for celebrating Washington’s birthday. They are easy to make and beautiful on the plate.

Cherry Cream Pie
Cherry-Pistachio Cookies
Cherry Brownies
Mock Cherry Pie (with cranberries)
Cherry Mocha Mousse Pie
Cherry Thumbprints (with almonds)
French Cherry Dessert
Black Forest Cherry Torte

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February 22, 2013

February 22, 2013 Washington's Birthday

George Washington was reincarnated as Robert E. Lee in what might be the world's most obvious example of a 'direct reincarnation'! Alexandria, Virginia was also home to young Robert E. Lee whose father - 'Light-Horse' Harry Lee - was perhaps the general's best-friend. It was he who delivered the famous eulogy of Washington, "First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen".

Robert E. Lee married Mary Custis who was the great-granddaughter of Martha Custis Washington. Lee's father-in-law was George Washington Custis who was the step-grandson and adopted son of George Washington. At the time of Lee's wedding, Arlington House was a memorial to Washington and had more of his memorabilia than Mount Vernon!

There is a very long list of 'coincidences' re: Washington & Lee. If one is open-mined to Gen. Washington being reincarnated as Gen. Lee, then the question begs, "Who was Lee reincarnated as?" The BIGGEST clue is military genius. Add that he also imitated Washington and became president: Dwight D. Eisenhower. Is it a 'coincidence' that Ike bought a farm near Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg? 'There Are No Coincidences - there is synchronism and alignment' (the title of my 74-page booklet that satisfies the prophecy of the "book/scroll" in The Revelation 5:1-10:10).

Dude... that's some good

Dude... that's some good stuff you're smoking.

Actually don't you know that

Actually don't you know that Robert E. Lee reincarnated as Lady GaGa?? Both believe in intersectional friendships. And both have horse named Traveller. Coincidence???

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