Monday, February 20, 2012

Another Presidents Day is Upon Us

James Madison
Today is Presidents Day! . . . or, is it Presidents' Day? . . . or, is it Washington's Birthday? You can read my prior post about the history of the holiday here, which includes an image of the actual signed bill marking the federal holiday (clarifying that it is Washington's Birthday).

Although, even some mainstream media outlets get confused - FoxNews claimed the holiday was renamed and now honors Lincoln - I'm pretty sure that's wrong, but I'm still waiting for any information to the contrary.

Adding even more confusion, states have their own holidays. So, as I explained last year, Yes Pennsylvania, There is a Presidents' Day! And yes, it is the possessive Presidents', unlike the federal holiday Veterans Day (which is not possessive). But wait! Pennsylvania calls it Veterans' (possessive) day.

I give up. Whatever you call it, enjoy the day.

Image: That's James Madison... he was president. I'm not sure if today's holiday honors him, belongs to him, or is all about Geroge Washington though.

Posted by Philip Miles, an attorney with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania in the firm's civil litigation and labor and employment law practice groups.