George Washington Presidents' Day originated as a holiday for George Washington's birthday which is traditionally celebrated on the 22nd of February. However, this is not Washington's actual birthday. When Washington was born, the British Empire used the Julian calendar and, according to that calendar, the date was February 22. However, under the modern calendar that we use today, the “Gregorian” calendar, Washington's Birthday is pushed back 11 days to the 11th of February. Washington liked the 2-22 date so therefore, he always celebrated his birthday on the 22nd regardless.
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Pictured: The Jefferson Memorial at Night
Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson was the first U.S. president to spend his entire presidency in Washington, DC as the nation’s new capital. As Secretary of State under George Washington, Jefferson was intimately involved in the planning of Washington, DC, and his involvement with the District did not end once he left the White House. During the War of 1812, the British burned much of Washington, including the books in the Library of Congress. To replace the loss, Jefferson sold almost 6,500 of his own books to Congress to help reestablish the library.- Photo by Destination DC
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Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt is still well-known for his active lifestyle and outdoorsman interests. And, even as president in the urban setting of Washington, DC, Roosevelt found ways to stay active, from sailing on the Potomac to hiking Rock Creek Park. He fully utilized the city’s natural resources, remaining active and often outdoors while managing the duties of the presidency.
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Pictured: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Fala at the FDR Memorial
Franklin Delano Roosevelt The Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial that sits along the Tidal Basin is not the first memorial to FDR, nor is it the one FDR wanted. In 1941, FDR was asked how we would like to be memorialized; his reply was that he wanted a simple block of stone about the size of his desk erected in front of the National Archives. This stone would simply say: “In memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1882 - 1945." In 1965, on the 20th anniversary of FDR’s death, that memorial was erected at 9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW where you can still see it today.
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Pictured: Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall
Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln is perhaps the most well-known president in American history. However, one of the lesser known facts about Lincoln is that he was a great lover of animals. At the White House, Lincoln kept all sorts of pets including two goats. Lincoln’s son Tad used to play with these goats, creating all kinds of havoc at the White House.