Before 1971, some had sought to create a separate Presidents Day to honor the highest office in the land. Expanding the holiday’s focus makes particular sense, some argue, because Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is Feb. 12, ten days before Washington’s. While Congress has never officially changed Washington’s Birthday to Presidents Day, the latter has become the accepted name of the holiday. Some states have adopted the new name, and some have even rewritten their laws to honor not just Washington, but also Lincoln and other figures.

Either way, Presidents Day 2013, like every Presidents Day in recent memory, is a chance to kick back and get some sweet deals on consumer goods, chief among them cars. What’s more American than that?

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