Confusion for George
George Washington, our first president, was actually born on February 11, in 1732. But, the English calendar changed during his lifetime, which meant his birthday moved to February 22. It took 58 years for that to officially change however, and even long after his death, people celebrated both dates.
Washington was general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolution. And even though Washington’s troops suffered a brutal winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in 1778, they still celebrated his birthday by making music with fife and drum.
Nicknamed the “Father of our Country," Washington was popular and beloved during his United States presidency from 1789 to 1797—so much so, that plans were made to name a capital city after him and have a military parade to commemorate it. The proud new world citizens of the day did not throw off everything British however, because the tradition of publicly celebrating the current king's or queen’s birthday survived with President George Washington.