President’s Day was originally established to recognize “The Father of Our Country,” President George Washington’s Birthday. It began unofficially in 1800, the year after Washington’s death, and then officially as a federal holiday in 1879. President’s Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February. It is still called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government, though other presidents, like Abraham Lincoln, William Hen Harrison, and Ronald Reagan also share February birthdays.
By and large, many people honor whichever president they so choose on this day—perhaps by purchasing a car or a new mattress at a deep discount.
In addition to our many fine Presidents, we here at The Presidential Pet Museum choose to honor the First Pets of the United States of America, too! From Washington’s parrot named Polly, his 36 hounds, and horses to Thomas Jefferson’s mockingbird and two bear cubs, and beyond, we thank the critters who no doubt brought much joy to the White House.
We hope you and your pets have a wonderful day, too!