Lawmakers Want Washington’s Holiday Moved Back To His Actual Birthday

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation sponsored by three Virginia congressmen would restore Feb. 22 as the permanent federal holiday to recognize the birthday of Founding Father George Washington.

Since 1968, Washington’s birthday has been observed on the third Monday in February, rather than his actual birthday, Feb. 22. That has led the holiday to become known as Presidents’ Day, even though it is still designated by Congress as a holiday to mark Washington’s birthday.

On Wednesday Congress will hold a hearing on legislation sponsored by Representatives Frank Wolf, R-Va., Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Jim Moran, D-Va., to move the holiday back to February 22. They say the change would prompt Americans to focus more sharply on Washington’s legacy.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., is sponsoring a similar bill in his chamber.

February 22 falls on a Friday in 2013 and a Saturday in 2014.

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