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President抯 Day 2-15-2010

George Washington's Birthday was first implemented by the United States Congress as a federal holiday in 1880. It was the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen and was celebrated on Washington's actual birthday, February 22.

In 1971, President Nixon proclaimed a federal public holiday, Presidents Day, to be observed on the third Monday of February. That day would honor all past presidents of the United States of America. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, Washington抯 home state, the holiday is legally known as "George Washington Day."

George Washington, the first U. S. President is often called "the father of his country" for the role he played in the formation of the United States. He was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. After he was President, he liked to be referred to as General Washington because he believed that he was always a General, but a President only when he was actually the current President.

Pictured is one of George Washington抯 carriages. It is located in the carriage house on the grounds at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon, George Washington抯 home, is located along the Potomac River a few miles from Washington, D.C. The mansion and the 500 acre estate have been restored to look as they did in the 1700抯 when Washington lived there.

In 2006, The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center opened at Mount Vernon. A detailed story of Washington抯 life, including his military and political careers are illustrated and illuminated in theaters and galleries.

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