23 Dec Presidents Day Fun Facts
Presidents Day Fun Facts
This year, Presidents Day falls on Monday, February 19. Most government offices will be closed, as will banks, but you better believe the stores will be open for their Presidents Day Sales!
We thought it might be fun to take a look at the history of the holiday. Here are some things you may not have known, courtesy of History.com:
- What would eventually become Presidents’ Day was first marked in 1800. Following President George Washington’s death in 1799, his February 22 birthday became a perennial day of remembrance. It became an official national holiday in 1885.
- The holiday is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.
- Washington’s Birthday used to be celebrated on February 22, the actual date of his birth, but it was moved to the third Monday in February as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.
- Gradually, the day was viewed as an opportunity to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.
- Several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures.
- Four chief executives—George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan – were born in February, but Presidents Day never falls on the actual birthday of any of them.
- In 1885, Washington’s Birthday became only the fifth nationally recognized federal bank holiday. The others were ChristmasDay, New Year’s Day, the Fourth of Julyand Thanksgiving. It was the first national holiday to celebrate the life of an individual American. (Martin Luther King Jr. Day, signed into law in 1983, would be the second.)
And when you think of the president, it’s only natural to think of The White House, too, right?
Again History.com gave us some fascinating and fun information to share with you. Did you know that The White House…
… George Washington started construction on the place in 1792
… John Adams became the first president to live there in 1800.
… It wasn’t called the White House until 1901, when President Theodore Roosevelt made it official. (At various points of time, it was called the President’s Palace, the President’s House and the Executive Mansion. The White House was definitely a good alternative!)
… It has survived two fires – one during the War of 1812 and another in the West Wing in 1929.
… The luxuries of running water and central heating were added in 1835 and in 1891 those newfangled electric lights were installed.
… Up until the Civil War, it was the largest house in America.
Now, for those of us in the building trades, here’s where it really gets interesting!
- It requires 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside surface and keep that lovely white looking bright and clean.
- The north side of the building is 60 feet high; the south side is 70 feet high. It is 168 feet long and 152 feet wide, at its broadest point.
- The White House has six floors. There are two basements, two public floors and two floors reserved for the private use of the first family.
- It sits on 18 acres of land, where they found enough room for a tennis court, putting green and a swimming pool.
- About 7,000 people visit The White House every day that it’s open. We checked, and it looks like it’s not open on Presidents Day! If you want to visit, here’s the information from WhiteHouse.gov:
- Public tour requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge. (Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.)
- The White House has approximately 55,000 square feet of floor space, including 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms.
Zepco Fence will be open on Presidents Day. So if you’d like information about a wood fence in a modern style or have questions about wood fencing contractors or fences in PVC, please give us a call!