Nixon used an executive order to establish the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968, passed by Congress and officially taking effect in 1971.
It was a way for the federal government to create three day weekends for our nation’s workforce.
In 1885, one year before our ClockTower, “Washington’s Birthday” was moved from his actual February 22nd to the “third Monday in February,” then Nixon ganged him up with Abraham Lincoln.
Some believe this diminishes their legacy while others just appreciate the longer, three day weekend.
I prefer to think of it as the wisdom of our Presidents making it okay for us to stay home in this intolerable weather.