James Polk was the first president to have his picture taken in 184925.

In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. Did you know that Ulysses S. Grant once got a speeding ticket while riding a horse or that Jimmy Carter is a speed reader and can read up to 2,000 words per minute? Many states at one time celebrated Lincoln's actual birthday. by Rachel Slaff.

Many states, however, choose to call their own celebration on this day "Presidents' Day." Many of the newly-formed United States celebrated Washington's Birthday beginning in the 18th century while Washington was still alive — he died in 1799. Kentucky is not one of those states, despite being where Lincoln was born. As a tribute to our fearless leaders, here are some neat facts about Presidents Day and our parks that honor their life and legacy.

George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara hold the title of longest married presidential couple. Andrew Johnson was the first President to be impeached, even though he was never convicted19. "Parson Weems") that as a boy Washington confessed to his father that he chopped down a cherry tree because he "could not tell a lie." There have been a few attempts to officially rename Washington's Birthday "Presidents' Day," in 1951 and again in 1968, but those suggestions died in committee. Today only nine states have public holidays for Lincoln: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and West Virginia, and not all of them celebrate on the actual date.

That allows federal workers and others observing federal holidays to have a three-day weekend, and one that doesn't interfere with the normal work week. 1. Four presidents served office without a Vice President: Chester A. Arthur, Andrew Johnson, Millard Fillmore and John Tyler2. Many of its corporate supporters suggested that moving federal holidays to Mondays would promote business.

Thanks for the long weekend, George Washington! Gerald Ford’s football jersey is retired at the University of Michigan—he wore the number 4826. Presidents Day Ideas for Kids. Benjamin Harrison was president when electricity was installed in the White House, but he was scared of being electrocuted and wouldn’t touch light switches14.

Or rather in stumbling iambic pentameter written by Weems: "If somebody must be whipped, let it be me/for it was I and not Jerry, that cut the cherry tree."

Happy birthday(s), Mr. President. The origin of Presidents’ Day lies in the 1880s, when the birthday of Washington—commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United States—was first celebrated as a federal holiday. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected into office four times36. Martin Van Buren was the first to be born as a citizen of the United States Donald Trump is one of two presidents to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; the other is Ronald Reagan43. William Harrison had a pet goat with him at the White House40.

John F. Kennedy was the first president who was a Boy Scout13. Of course, this relates to the apocryphal story invented by Mason Locke Weems (a.k.a. Jimmy Carter, the 39th president, was a peanut farmer. The historical park Mount Vernon, which was Washington's home while he was President, celebrates his birthday with a wreath-laying at his tomb, and speeches by reenactors playing George and his wife Martha as well as other members of his family. Four presidents served office without a Vice President: Chester A. Arthur, Andrew Johnson, Millard Fillmore and John Tyler. Andrew Jackson’s nickname is “Old Hickory” because he was so tough on his soldiers18. The Congress read the Farewell Address in the middle of the On February 22nd, 1862 (130 years after Washington's birth), the House and Senate celebrated by reading aloud his Farewell Speech to Congress. Know your presidential trivia to celebrate the holiday. Presidents' Day (or President's Day) is the common name of a United States federal holiday scheduled to be celebrated on the third Monday in February every year, and one of eleven permanent holidays established by Congress. Warren Harding had the biggest feet – he wore a size 19 shoe15. A spotlight would be lit, and in 1932, the students would freeze in a pattern based on various themes on Washington's life ("The Young Surveyor," "At Dwight D. Eisenhower’s name was originally David Dwight Eisenhower. One wonders what George Washington would have thought about this celebration of his birthday. James Monroe was the last president who was also one of our “founding fathers”6.

Lyndon Johnson was the second tallest president at 6′ 3.5″20. One thing that many people connect with Presidents' Day is retail sales.

Cherry pie, cherry cake, bread made with cherries, or just a huge bowl of cherries are often enjoyed on this day. But, that means the federal holiday for Washington always falls between February 15th and 21st, never on Washington's birthday. Read on for 43 more fun facts about US presidents! Other businesses and the U.S. Post Office have decided to stay open, and so have some schools. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to travel to Europe while in office16. Feb 14, 2013 - Explore Tracy Barber's board "Presidents Day for kids", followed by 141 people on Pinterest.

See more ideas about Presidents day, Presidents, Day. The event became a more-or-less regular event in the U.S. Senate beginning in 1888. The centennial of his birth in 1832 prompted celebrations across the country; and in 1932, the Bicentennial Commission sent out an abundance of material suggesting events to be held at schools. Actually, Washington was born before the Gregorian calendar came into effect, and the day he was born the entire British Empire was still using the Julian calendar.

Suggestions included appropriate music (marches, popular ballads, and patriotic selections) and "living pictures." Martin Kelly, M.A., is a history teacher and curriculum developer. James Garfield was the first left handed President (there are six total including Garfield)29. James Buchanan was the only president never to be married37. Under that calendar, Washington's birthday falls on February 11, 1732. Grover Cleveland is the only president to be married at a White House ceremony30.