Monday, February 18, 2013

Presidents' Day

Today is the Presidents' Day Federal holiday, which in the Washington DC area it means schools are closed. Alexandria hosts its annual parade in honor of George Washington's birthday, and city leaders are quick to tell you the day is for Washington, not all the other Presidents. Two photos below from the Library of Congress show historical celebration of this day.

The first photo is from 22 February 1861, showing Abraham Lincoln raising a flag at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in honor of Kansas joining the Union on Washington's birthday.
Library of Congress - Feb 1861
The second photo shows President William McKinley delivering an address for Presidents' Day, 1901.
Library of Congress - Feb 1901

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