Presidents’ Day Greater Gardner MA
Presidents’ Day is now celebrated as a Federal Holiday on the third Monday of February to honor anyone who has served as President of the United States – this year it’s February 21, 2022. It’s known by over a dozen names including Washington’s Birthday. Some states celebrate one or a few of the Presidents, some use the holiday to salute all of them.
In Massachusetts, the state officially celebrates Washington’s Birthday on the same day as the Federal holiday, AND there’s also a special Presidents Day proclamation on May 29th in honor of John F. Kennedy’s birthday. On February 21, 2022 in Massachusetts, manufacturers may operate without a permit and premium pay requirements for work performed do not apply.
Gardner Magazine publisher Werner Poegel has written a 50 stanza poem entitled, “Poem of the Presidents.” For the complete poetic work, CLICK HERE.
Happy Washington’s Birthday!
About Presidents – from wikipedia
The president of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States, indirectly elected to a four-year term by the American people through the Electoral College. The officeholder leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.
Since the office was established in 1789, 45 people have served in 46 presidencies. The first president, George Washington, won a unanimous vote of the Electoral College; one, Grover Cleveland, served two non-consecutive terms and is therefore counted as the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, giving rise to the discrepancy between the number of presidents and the number of persons who have served as president.
The presidency of William Henry Harrison, who died 31 days after taking office in 1841, was the shortest in American history. Franklin D. Roosevelt served the longest, over twelve years, before dying early in his fourth term in 1945. He is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms. Since the ratification of the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1951, no person may be elected president more than twice, and no one who has served more than two years of a term to which someone else was elected may be elected more than once.
Four presidents died in office of natural causes (William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Warren G. Harding, and Franklin D. Roosevelt), four were assassinated (Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy), and one resigned (Richard Nixon, facing impeachment). John Tyler was the first vice president to assume the presidency during a presidential term, and set the precedent that a vice president who does so becomes the fully functioning president with his presidency, as opposed to a caretaker president. The Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution put Tyler’s precedent into law in 1967. It also established a mechanism by which an intra-term vacancy in the vice presidency could be filled. Richard Nixon was the first president to fill a vacancy under this provision when he selected Gerald Ford for the office following Spiro Agnew’s resignation in 1973. The following year, Ford became the second to do so when he chose Nelson Rockefeller to succeed him after he acceded to the presidency. As no mechanism existed for filling an intra-term vacancy in the vice presidency before 1967, the office was left vacant until filled through the next ensuing presidential election and subsequent inauguration.
Have some pie!
A food traditionally associated with this day is cherry pie, based on the story of Washington chopping down a cherry tree in his youth.
The official White House website has a nice photo gallery showing all of the U.S. Presidents from Washington to Biden. For the gallery, CLICK HERE.
This chronological list contains entries for each president with his corresponding first lady and vice president. Note: Multiple entries appear for a president whenever there was a change in the office of vice president.