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George Washingtons Birthday

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Posted by Nate Goldman on Friday, February 22nd 2019:

Today, Feb. 22nd, exactly 49 years ago (1970), was the last day George Washington's Birthday was officially celebrated as a federal holiday in Brooklyn, or anywhere else in the USA. In 1971, President's day, which celebrated all of our Presidents, became effective the third Monday of February. I am mentioning this because George Washington had a very important historical connection to Brooklyn, namely the Battle of of Long Island, which took place in Brooklyn, during the Revolutionary War. It was also known as the Battle of Brooklyn Heights. George Washington was the commander of the Continental Army at that time, and that battle took place less than two months after the Declaration of Independence was signed.

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