Presidents Day closures: What's open, closed for the holiday

GRAPH Lorie Shaull | Screen cap from Wikimedia Commons

GRAPH Lorie Shaull | Screen cap from Wikimedia Commons

In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect, moving numerous holidays to Mondays instead of the proper or traditional day.

This means that on Monday a slew of stores, malls, banks, post offices, stock markets, and more are closed. Buses are running, but schools are closed.

What's the problem? Some people call today "Presidents' Day". But if you weren't able to take care of a permit or some other business last week, don't try today. The federal holiday of Presidents Day occurs on the third Monday of February each year and also pays tribute to the birthday of our country's first president, George Washington.

Presidents Day is a federal holiday, so most federal government offices are closed. City, state and federal offices stayed open last week (except state courts, which closed along with county offices).

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Pop quiz: What holiday are we celebrating?

Ah, Presidents Day. There it is again.

General George Washington (1732 - 1799) stands in the prow of a rowing boat crossing the DE to seek safety in Pennysylvania after defeat by the British.

Some states used to celebrate Lincoln's Birthday on February 12th. According to History.com, in 1800, the year after Washington died, "his February 22 birthday became a perennial day of remembrance.' For years it was celebrated with the same passion with which Americans still celebrate the Fourth of July".

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Washington should have a standalone holiday and if the country wished to extend a similar honor to Lincoln, it can be done with enough separation so as not to overlap each other. It proposed that Presidents' Day be referred to as Washington's Birthday, and that the president issue a proclamation every year to recognize and observe Lincoln's birthday.

Lincoln's birthday was an official holiday for California state employees until 2009, when it was eliminated along with Columbus Day as a cost-saving measure.

"Yes, it is. Happy Presidents' Day".

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