Frank Wolf, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, wants to remove Lincoln from Presidents Day to focus solely on George Washington:
Back in 1971, Congress switched Washington’s Birthday holiday from his birthdate, Feb. 22, to the third Monday in February and it evolved into being called “Presidents Day.” The day now celebrates both Washington’s birthday and President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday which is Feb. 12.
“Today, however, his birthday has become simply a time for many to celebrate a three-day weekend,” Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) said in a news release. “We need to change the focus from celebrating sales at the mall to celebrating the significance of Washington’s birth to the birth of our nation.”
Wolf, who represents portions of Fairfax County but not the Mount Vernon area, is leading the charge in Congress to have the watered-down holiday changed to Washington’s Birthday and celebrated on the first president’s actual birthday of Feb. 22.
(No word on whether anyone from Illinois is pushing for a similar holiday for Lincoln.)