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Presidents Day: From George Washington's modest birthdays to big sales and 3-day weekends

  • The meaning of Presidents Day has seen significant changes over time, evolving from a modest occasion to a commercialized event, sparking debate among historians.
  • Washington's discomfort with public celebrations of his life contrasts sharply with the market for his memorabilia that emerged after his death in 1799.
  • Washington and other Founding Fathers would have been concerned by how Presidents Day has been hijacked by commercial interests, presenting a departure from their original intentions.
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