Every year, the third Monday of February is set aside by the federal government to honor two of our greatest Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The celebration officially started in 1880, when Washington’s birthday (February 22) became an official holiday in Washington, D.C. It became a national holiday in 1885.
In 1971, Congress officially moved the holiday to the Monday closest to Washington's actual birthday. In the 1980's, the holiday became a celebration of the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln (born February 12).