Traditionally, every year on February 22, America celebrates the birthday of George Washington, the first President, considered the "founding father" of the country.
The tradition of celebrating his birthday dates back to 1778, two years after the country's independence from Great Britain. In the winter of 1778, one of the military bands proceeded to the town of Valley Forge, where the headquarters of George Washington was located, and performed several marches in honor of him. But officially, George Washington's birthday was first celebrated in 1880. In 1885, the holiday received national status.
Today, celebrating the birthday of the first President, Americans remember not only his political and military qualities, but also his honesty. For the edification of the younger generation, the well-known story of the cherry tree is also told.