Presidents Day 2020
The offices of Hancock County Savings Bank will be closed on Monday, February 17th, 2020 in observance of Presidents Day.
Presidents Day reminds us of the importance of honoring our leaders of the past. We must remember their battles, sacrifices, love for this country, and what they did to shape it.
George Washington was the first president of the United States of America serving from 1789-1797. Prior to becoming president, he served in the military, leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in the year 1783. Washington is most often credited with being the father of the United States. Washington’s Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in the year 1880 and deemed a federal holiday in the year 1885.
Presidents Day was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington’s birth, which is February 22nd but in 1971 the date of this holiday became the third Monday in February.
Washington also shared his birth month with President Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday was February 12th, 1809. As 16th President of the United States, Lincoln was responsible for many great successes, including the emancipation of the slaves.
With these prominent presidents both celebrating birthdays in February, it seemed only logical to designate a holiday during this month in honor of our nation’s leaders. Presidents Day is not only in memory and celebration of President Washington and Lincoln, but it is a day to honor all of our founding fathers and past leaders who have served as Commander and Chief. Without them America would not be the land of opportunity that it has become.