As George Washington was the first president of the United States of America, it's only natural that we celebrate his birthday as a holiday. However, it wasn't until 1971 that we move the celebration to every 3rd Monday as President's day, so employees and students would get a 3 day weekend rather than have the week, awkwardly, split up with time offs.
As for Abraham Lincoln, we recognize his birthday because he was a huge civil rights advocate and recognized as a hero for making slavery illegal. In New York his birthday was first recognized as a holiday in conjunction with, a former abolitionist, Fredrick Douglas's birthday on the 14th. Starting the movement of becoming Black History week, and eventually growing to Black History Month today.
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