Hi, THE RIDE here, with a salute to Presidents’ Day. While it may seem like all the attention this year is devoted to America’s future president, Presidents’ Day is really meant to honor pastpresidents. Of course, I think Presidents’ Day should also honor awesome top-of-the-line buses like THE RIDE!
But since that doesn’t seem to be in the cards, let me share a bit of Presidents’ Day history: in 1800, the year after George Washington died, Americans were hankering for a little something to lift their spirits. So they decided to throw a party on Washington’s birthday, which fell on February 22. They held another celebration the following year, and the year after that, and in time, Washington’s Birthday became a national holiday. After Abraham Lincoln died, the country also began to celebrate his birthday, which falls on February 12. In fact there are four former U.S. Presidents (including Ronald Reagan, Feb. 6, and William Henry Harrison, Feb. 9) who were born in February, but since the day we know as Presidents’ Day is now always celebrated on the third Monday of the month, it will never coincide with any of their actualbirthdays. So Presidents’ Day has mostly stopped being a birthday bash and just features all things patriotic—yet another reason THE RIDE should be a featured part of the celebration!
By the way, standardizing national holidays so that they always take place on Mondays was a way to reward workers with more three-day weekends. Smart move. And here at THE RIDE, we have a special reward for you, too. Book your ride now through February 15, and get $20 off by using code PDAY. You’ll get all the good stuff we always offer: a great ride that’s part sightseeing tour, part theatrical performance, all fun—but with savings that provides a nod to yet another President, Andrew Jackson, whose picture appears on the $20 bill.