Celebrating American Presidents Day

Lesly Castillo, Entertainment Editor

Schools in the U.S. are not having school on February 22, annually, because of Presidents’ Day. Presidents Day occurs annually in the third week of February. There will be no school for Preuss students, which means a four-day weekend, including Friday.

Presidents Day is a holiday celebrated for George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays to honor their presidency terms.. It’s been a holiday since the 1880’s with Lincoln’s birthday being on February 12 (1809- 1865) and Washington’s birthday being on February 22 (1732-1799). Both presidents have made great impacts on U.S. history with Washington being the first president ever on the one dollar bill. He also commanded the Continental Army during the American Revolution and administered the convention that drafted the U.S. Constitution. With Lincoln being the fifth president, being on the five dollar bill, he built the Republican party into a strong organization and issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

“I think my favorite president was George Washington because he was the first president and he had a different mentality as a leader and president,” stated Kenny Puru (‘26).

Some fun facts about the presidents, Lincoln was 6 feet and 4 inches tall, making him the tallest president, one of his favorite dishes is Oyster stew and Lincoln’s wife stated that his favorite hobby is cats. Bill Clinton enjoys playing the saxophone, he was also a member of a band named “Three Blind Mice” in his high school years. Also, John Adams died on the same day as Thomas Jefferson, July 4th, 1826. Finally, James Monroe was the 5th president, but the 3rd to die on the 4th of July.

Though Presidents Day is to honor our presidents or founding fathers, there are those that believe we shouldn’t have to miss a day at school or work to celebrate the presidents. Many do claim there are people that don’t do anything during that day to celebrate the presidents. While the day gives students the advantage to catch up on late work or just relax for a day from school, there are people who don’t think it should give students the chance to miss school. It is beneficial whether people do or don’t celebrate the day traditionally. Nevertheless, it gives teachers the opportunity to spend time with their families and relax from work. As U.S. citizens, we are grateful for most of the U.S. ‘s presidents.

“I don’t exactly celebrate Presidents Day like in having a whole party for it but I do get the opportunity to be with my family whether we go out or stay home,” said David Agustin (‘24).