Here’s what’s happening around town: Monday, Feb. 18

Monday, February 18, 2019 | 6:00 AM


Hello, Sewickley,

Happy President’s Day. The holiday dates back to 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which created as many three-day weekends as possible — instead of having random federal holidays in the middle of the work-week. As a result, Washington’s birthday was moved to the third Monday in February — even though that’s not always his actual date of birth.

Washington’s actual DOB was difficult to determine back then. England used a Julian-style calendar until 1752; according to it, Washington’s birthday was Feb. 11. According to the Gregorian calendar that we use today, however, his birthday was Feb. 22.

When the bill was being debated, some legislators introduced the idea of renaming the celebration to Presidents’ Day in order to honor both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday was Feb. 12. The change was rejected, although Presidents’ Day is used frequently today anyway — mostly by retailers using both men’s birthdays as an excuse to have a sale.

Because it’s not the official name of the holiday, there’s no right way to spell it: Presidents Day, President’s Day and Presidents’ Day are all used.

In any case, the Sewickley Parking Authority regularly-scheduled meeting is cancelled due to the holiday.

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