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Presidents Day History: Reasons To Get Drunk


Presidents Day falls on the third Monday of February every year.

Originally, starting in 1885, it fell on February 22 in commemoration of George Washington's birthday. But this changed in 1971 with the implementation of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which aimed to make more federal holidays on Mondays to give America's workers more three-day weekends (and we can all be thankful for that).

Presidents Day is an occasion for all of us to take some time and celebrate the various leaders of our nation.

With that said, a number of our presidents were prolific drinkers, and some even made their own alcohol.

Accordingly, it seems fitting to spend Presidents Day drinking in their honor.

If you truly want to do this properly, here are some facts about the presidents and alcohol that will aid your inebriated celebration of America's great (and sometimes not so great) leaders.

This way, if you come into work hungover on Tuesday, you can say you did it for America and you were just doing your patriotic duty.

You're welcome.

Here are 10 great historical reasons to justify getting drunk on Presidents Day.

President George Washington began distilling his own whiskey in 1797. You can still visit his distillery at Mount Vernon in Virginia (but it's only open April through October). If you like whiskey, drink for George.


It's been said that President John Adams began his days with a draft of hard cider. If you're a fan of cider, drink one for breakfast in honor of America's second president.


President Thomas Jefferson was a connoisseur of wine and had two vineyards at Monticello (his plantation). If you like wine, uncork a bottle for Tommy J.

President James Madison was a big fan of Champagne, but apparently warned it can give a terrible hangover. If you like Champagne, pop a bottle for Jimmy Mad, but drink in moderation.


President Abraham Lincoln wasn't a big drinker and avoided it because he didn't like the way it made him feel. If you're not into booze, have yourself a virgin cocktail in honor of "Honest Abe."


President Warren G. Harding drank a lot during the Prohibition, even though he voted for it as a senator. He had a fully stocked sidebar at the White House. If you like cocktails, drink one in honor of Harding, his hypocritical ways and the abolition of Prohibition.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt loved gin-based drinks. If you're a fan of gin, make yourself a gin martini or a gin and tonic in honor of the man who saw the US through the Great Depression and WWII.


President John F. Kennedy was known to be a drinker, and he was particularly fond of daiquiris. If you're into tropical drinks, mix one up and give a toast to an inspiring figure whose tenure was tragically cut short.


President Lyndon B. Johnson was apparently very partial to scotch and soda. He was known to carry around a styrofoam cup that typically contained Cutty Sark. If you're into scotch, pour yourself a dram and say cheers to LBJ.


President Barack Obama is a beer guy, and has been known to enjoy a Guinness here or there. If you're into beer, head to your local pub, order yourself a stout and say cheers to our current president and the fact you don't have to be at work.

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