The third Monday in February began as an American holiday in 1885. It’s intention was to honor our first president, George Washington. Since then, it has come to be seen as a day to honor all American Presidents.
In September of 1796 as he was preparing to leave office, Washington offered to the country the counsel of “an old and affectionate friend.” He hoped that his advice might “moderate the fury of party spirit,” “warn against the mischief of foreign intrigue,” and “guard against the impostures of pretend patriotism.” Perhaps it’s time to finally take his advice.
In honor of Washington, and all the following Presidents of the United States, we will be closed Monday, February 18.