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What is Presidents’ Day, and Why Do We Care?

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For many people, Presidents’ Day in the United States goes pretty much unnoticed.  Many view it as a day off from work.  Others see it as a day for “President’s Day Sales!”

Have you ever stopped to think about this important day of recognition?  And in addition, just what it means?



Each year, President’s Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February.  Established in 1885, its creation is in recognition of the first President of the United State of America. Specifically, George Washington.  Presidents’ Day is now properly and popularly viewed. It is the day to celebrate all U.S. Presidents.



A quick scan of the internet shows that some people feel disdain about our Presidents. In specific, both past and present.  I did a Google search under the keywords, “Is Presidents’ Day Important?”  Some chains in forums and chat rooms were a litany of vitriol and cynicism.



I think many of us miss the point of why this day should be significant. For me, it is less a celebration of the actual people who became US Presidents.  It is more the recognition of a basic freedom we hold as Americans. Noteably, the right to freely choose and elect our leaders.



Whether you like or dislike a particular President’s actions and policies, we as free citizens publicly and openly choose our Presidents (and all of our elected officials).  This is a sacred right we hold as Americans – one that brave men and women in our armed forces are willing to lay down their lives to protect.



This Presidents’ Day, I’ll probably do what I usually do – attend the final day of the Miami Boat Show, inspecting private luxury yacht charter vessels to present to our clients for their 2016 vacations.  I will, however, pause for a moment, and give a nod to our Presidents for their service to our country, and of course, I’ll be wearing my American Flag pin over my heart as a reminder…

More importantly, I’ll reflect on the more than 200 years of opportunities that we as United States citizens have gathered openly, and without fear, to freely cast our ballots and elect a President to lead our nation.  We are so fortunate to live in these great United States.



In conclusion, enjoy a Florida yacht charter vacation and make Spring Break 2016 truly memorable. For more information, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at

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Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. Providing The Superyacht Experience(R) since 1976. Private luxury yacht charter vacations in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, South Pacific, South Florida, Miami and The Keys, Italian Rivera, Belize. Megayacht charter company focused on generosity, Pay it Forward, Random Acts of Kindness, Giftivism, giving back to the ocean, to the needy, and the environment with every superyachting charter. Providing eco-friendly alternatives while on yacht charters and known for 6-star customer service, experience, and generosity. One of the original yacht charter companies.

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