February 18, 2011 by USA Post
Presidents Day, Known as the birthday of Washington, this federal holiday is always celebrated on the third Monday in February, and this year it falls on a Monday, February 21, 2011. Presidents Day Monday, Norther is likely a slight approach to the region, forecasters said. A chance of showers 20 percent is possible in front of the front. Forecasters said they are uncertain about the exact date forward, but it will probably arrive at night and temperatures should drop to near normal for a few days early next week.
The high Monday will be near 75 degrees under cloudy skies most of the time, but after the low will drop to about 50 times the cool air arrives.
The high will be 67 degrees Tuesday under sunny skies for most. The low will be 52.
Weather conditions are keeping cold air out of the area, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will remain 10-15 degrees above normal for this time of year for the next few days. Winds from the south and southeast will be between 10 mph and 15 mph. Patchy fog is possible.
On weekends, a mild cold front approaches the region, triggering a slight chance of showers and dropping the mercury to near normal readings, forecasters said.
Today’s high will be above about 77 degrees under overcast skies. The low will be near 60. Temperatures normally range between about 67 degrees to 45 degrees this time of year.
Southeast winds will be 5 to 10 mph.
Warmer weather is expected for the weekend. The top of each day will be in the mid-70s under cloudy skies. The overnight low will be near 60.
Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, first president of the United States. It is also known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled Presidents’ Day or President’s Day). As Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of the competing national holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states.
Title anniversary of Washington, a federal holiday honoring George Washington was implemented by an Act of Congress in 1880 to government offices in the District of Columbia (20 Stat. 277) and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices (23 Stat. 516). As the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, the holiday was celebrated for the actual anniversary of Washington, February 22. On January 1, 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act shifted the federal holiday to the third Monday in February. This date is placed between 15 and 21 February, making it the name “Washington’s birthday” to some extent a misnomer, because it never lands on the anniversary of Washington real, February 22.
The first attempt to create a Presidents’ Day occurred in 1951 when the “President’s Day National Committee” was created by Harold Fischer Stonebridge Compton, California, who became its national executive director for the next two decades. The goal was not to honor any particular President, but to honor the office of the presidency. He first thought on March 4, the opening day of origin, must be regarded as Presidents Day. However, the bill recognizing the fourth time in March was blocked Senate Judiciary Committee (which had authority over national holidays). That the Committee felt that because of its proximity to Lincoln and Washington Birthdays, three days so close together would be too heavy. Meanwhile, however, the governors of most states individual proclamations declaring March 4 to Presidents’ Day in their respective jurisdictions.
A draft of the Uniform Monday Holiday would have renamed the festival of “Presidents’ Day” to honor the birthday of Washington and Lincoln, which would explain why the chosen date falls between the two, but this proposal has no committee and the bill passed and promulgated June 28, 1968, has kept the name Washington’s Birthday.
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