President’s Day 2024

Updated: January 17, 2024
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    President’s Day falls on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. The observance of George Washington’s Birthday, Feb. 22nd, 1732,  is always the third Monday in February.

    Washington’s Birthday or President’s Day?

    President's Day The Federal holiday is officially recognized as Washington’s Birthday, though the Federal government has never legally changed the holiday to President’s Day.  However, where it gets complicated is at the state and local level, as they do not need to abide by Federal holidays. 24 U.S. states recognize President’s Day only, while 9 recognize Washington’s Birthday only, and 9 states do not observe any form of these holidays.

    Ultimately for many, it is how you choose to honor this day.  As a day to recognize Washington’s birthday, or Lincoln’s birthday, or even all American Presidents, past and present.

    President’s Day Events Across the U.S.

    Military Activities and Events on President’s Day

    • 21 Gun Salutes – Military personnel across the U.S. and overseas traditionally perform 21 gun salutes on President’s Day.
    • Naturalization Ceremonies – Many military units use President’s Day as a time for service members to take their Oath of Citizenship.
    • Great Aloha Run – This is a President’s Day run that takes place in Hawaii, and raises money for various Hawaii based charitable organizations.  Military units as far as Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan have participated from afar, to raise money as well.

    2022 Presidential Library Events

    Soldiers of the 77th Division parade

    Soldiers of the 77th Division parade through New York City on Feb. 22, 1918 to mark Washington’s Birthday.

    About The AuthorJoe Wallace is a 13-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a former reporter for Air Force Television News

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