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What is the official name for the holiday on the third Monday in February?

By law, under 5 U.S.C. 6103,  the holiday is known as “Washington’s Birthday.”  The holiday had been celebrated on George Washington’s actual birthday on February 22 for many years, but it was changed to the third Monday in February as a result of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968.  Though some State and local jurisdictions and retailers may jointly honor Abraham Lincoln and George Washington and refer to the holiday as “Presidents’ Day,” the official Federal holiday is “Washington’s Birthday."

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