President's™ Day

Contrary to popular belief, the observed federal holiday is actually called Washington's Birthday. Neither Congress nor the President has ever stipulated that the name of the holiday observed as Washington's Birthday be changed to President's Day. Additionally, Congress has never declared a national holiday binding in all states and each state decides its own legal holidays. This is why there are some calendar discrepancies when it comes to this holiday.

So how did Washington's Birthday come to be called President's Day? Many calendars list the third Monday of February as President's Day and many U.S. states list the holiday as President's Day.