Happy Birthday, George!

Since 1879, Americans have been celebrating George Washington’s birthday.

As the first president of the United States and the general of the Continental Army during the War for Independence, George Washington plays a very important role in American history.

But most people do not know that Presidents Day was originally intended – and some argue is still intended – to celebrate his achievements alone. They believe that Presidents Day celebrates George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. And some argue that it is a holiday to celebrate the achievements of all US presidents.

But the fact remains that – officially – the Presidents Day holiday is for George Washington alone. Here are some book suggestions to help you learn more about the man who helped create America.

The Story of George Washington – Patricia Pingry

George Washington – Cheryl Harness

A Picture Book of George Washington – David Adler

Who Was George Washington? – Roberta Edwards

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