A time of patriotic celebration and remembrance
Presidents' Day is an American holiday viewed as a time of patriotic celebration and remembrance.
Celebrated on the third Monday in February, the holiday gained special meaning during the difficulties of the Great Depression, when portraits of George Washington often graced the front pages of newspapers and magazines every February 22.
In 1932 the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, a military decoration originally created by George Washington to honor soldiers killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces.
Presidents' Day, originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, is still officially called "Washington's Birthday" by the federal government.
Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington's actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents' Day after it was moved as part of 1971's Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation's workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents' Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
According to whitehouse.gov, the history of the White House dates back to the first President, George Washington, as he selected the site of the White House. Formerly called the "Presidents Palace," the "Presidents House" and the "Executive Mansion," and now known as "The White House" is a piece of American history that dates back to 1800.
President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
The 55,000 square foot, 132 room, 35 bathroom and six level residence is of stately stature enclosed in 18 acres of land. Irish-born architecht, James Hoban, was chosen in 1792 to design the White House. After eight years of construction, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved into the unfinished house in 1800.
Visitors of whitehouse.gov and whha.org (White House Historical Association) are able to stroll through pictures and maps of the White House in a virtual tour giving a look into the history of the White House and the presidents.
National Park Service, nps.gov, provides information on actual tours of the White House and teacher lesson plans that include historical places, archeology, museum collections and cultural heritage.
Whitehouse.gov is the official website of the White House and is owned by the United States government. It was launched in October 1994.
It contains general American history information, as well as current news pertaining to the President, press briefings, proclamations, executive orders, and any speeches the president has made on the radio.