Presidents' Day

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I'm wondering the correct way to write Presidents' Day. I know singular possessive (President's Day) is incorrect because we honor more than one President, but I've seen it expressed both as plural possessive (Presidents' Day) and without an apostrophe altogether (Presidents Day). Please tell me which is correct and why. Thanks!

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MLA is silent on this one (and I don't have the APA). The Chicago Manual of Style prefers Presidents' Day with the logic:

 

We are celebrating more than one President, originally Lincoln and Washington. The day "belongs" to the Presidents -- hence the plural possessive.

 

I hope this helps.

link comment answered Feb 19 '13 at 03:31 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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