You know what the best type of Sunday is? One that feels like a Saturday, because you have Monday off!
All school districts in the La Grange, Western Springs, La Grange Park, etc. area have Presidents' Day designated as an off-day: that includes Districts 95, 101, 102, 105 and 106 as well as St. John of the Cross, St. Francis Xavier and Nazareth Academy.
While we’re at it, here’s a few facts about Presidents' Day, taken from the History Channel’s website:
- The holiday is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday,” but it hasn’t been celebrated on Feb. 22—Washington’s actual birthday—since a 1971 act designed to move more holidays to Mondays was passed.
- Washington’s birthday was signed into law as a District of Columbia holiday in 1879 by president Rutherford B. Hayes, and became a federal holiday in 1885.
- During the Great Depression, newspapers often splashed pictures of Washington on their covers on Feb. 22 as a patriotic stirring against the harsh difficulties of the era.
- The date of Feb. 22 was also used in 1932 to bring back the Purple Heart decoration, which Washington himself created.
- The shift to “Presidents' Day” in the American mind came because the “third Monday in February” date fell between Washington’s birthday and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12), a concept bolstered by marketers looking for a sales gimmick (a legacy that remains today.)
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