George Washington’s Birthday

All over America at Hancock International College and beyond people remember our first President George Washington. Our ESL students understand and respect the significance of George Washington’s contributions to the land of the free and today is when we celebrate his birthday!

Archives.gov says, “George Washington’s Birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday in February. It is one of eleven permanent holidays established by Congress.

Federal holidays apply only to the federal government and the District of Columbia; Congress has never declared a national holiday binding in all states and each state decides its own legal holidays.

George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the then-used Julian calendar. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar which moved Washington’s Birthday a year and 11 days to February 22, 1732.

Americans celebrated Washington’s Birthday long before Congress declared it a federal holiday. The centennial of his birth prompted festivities nationally and Congress established a Joint Committee to arrange for the occasion.

At the recommendation of the Committee, chaired by Henry Clay of the Senate and Philemon Thomas of the House, Congress adjourned on February 22, 1832 out of respect for Washington’s memory and in commemoration of his birth.

Prompted by a memorial from the mayor and other citizens of Philadelphia, the House and Senate commemorated the 130th Anniversary of Washington’s birth by reading aloud his Farewell Address…”

Full Article: https://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/washington

Idiom of the Day

By George

Meaning: An exclamation of surprise.

Example: By George, I think we’ve finally blown the case wide open!