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Presidents' Day is a United States federal holiday
celebrated on the third Monday in February.
Hi. In the classroom today you will learn about Presidents' Day.
Presidents' Day is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the
third Monday in February.
The holiday was originally implemented by the federal government of
the United States of America in 1880 for government offices in the
District of Columbia.
It was expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices.
As the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, the
holiday was celebrated on Washington's actual birthday, February
On January 1st, 1971 the federal holiday was shifted to the third
Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
In the late 1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term
"Presidents' Day" began its public appearance.
The theme has expanded the focus of the holiday to honor another
President born in February, Abraham Lincoln, and often other
Presidents of the United States.
The presidents of the United States are honored in many other ways.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is located near Keystone, South
Mount Rushmore is a monumental granite sculpture which represents
the first 150 years of the history of the United States of America.
The following four presidents are honored.
Approximately two million people visit this memorial each year.
Until next time.
This is an important federal holiday in the United
States of America. Be sure to watch the movie trailer
below and see the way a president should be when leading
a country. This is one of my favorite movies.
The American President
The American President. The
American President is a 1995 romantic comedy starring Michael
Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Richard Dreyfuss and Michael
J. Fox. In the film, President Andrew Shepherd (Douglas) is a
widower who pursues a relationship with attractive lobbyist Sydney
Ellen Wade (Bening) - who has just moved to Washington, D.C. - while
at the same time attempting to win passage of a crime control bill.
The following video is a trailer (preview) for the movie. Try to
understand as much of the movie trailer as possible.
the video script or watch the video above. In the test
questions below choose which is the best answer for each
question. There are 10 questions. Good luck.
1. Presidents' Day is
celebrated on which day?
a. on George Washington's birthday
b. second Monday in February
c. third Monday in February
d. on Abraham Lincoln's birthday
2. Which of the
following is true about Presidents' Day?
a. it is a federal holiday
b. it is not a federal holiday
c. banks and post offices are open
d. it honors only George Washington
3. The holiday was
originally implemented in which year?
4. Presidents' Day is
the first federal holiday to honor which of the following?
a. freed slaves
b. factory workers
c. company presidents
d. an American citizen
5. What shifted the
holiday to the third Monday in February?
a. Uniform Monday Holiday Act
b. The Federal Mandate For Workers
c. The Billie Holiday act
d. The I Want A Three Day Weekend Coalition
6. Where is Mount
Rushmore National Memorial located?
a. Butte, Montana
b. Norman, Oklahoma
c. Keystone, South Dakota
d. Buffalo, New York
7. What is Mount
a. a monumental granite sculpture
b. a sculpture with the heads of five presidents
c. a national forest
d. a famous campsite
8. What does Mount
a. an overpriced tourist trap
b. 50 years of the history of the United States
c. 150 years of the history of the United States
d. we should all put our heads together
9. Which four
presidents are represented on Mount Rushmore?
a. Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Obama
b. Washington, Jefferson, Cleveland, Lincoln
c. Washington, Franklin, Roosevelt, Lincoln
d. Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln
10. How many people
visit Mount Rushmore each year?
a. 2.0 million
b. 4.8 million
c. 2 billion
d. 2 times the Gross National Product