Today is Washington’s Birthday and Presidents Day: Here is What’s Open and What’s Closed

Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

By Paul Riegler on 19 February 2018
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Today, Monday, is Washington’s Birthday, a national holiday in the United States in honor of the country’s first president, George Washington.

Washington’s actual birthday, February 22, was first declared a federal holiday in 1879 by an act of Congress. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Act shifted the observance date from February 22 to the third Monday in February, which also means that the holiday never falls on Washington’s actual birthday.

Many people refer to the day as Presidents, President’s, or Presidents’ Day because it comes shortly after the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, a holiday observed in many states, on February 12.

Here’s what you need to know about what’s open for business and operating in the United States – and what isn’t – on Monday.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES All Federal government offices are closed on Monday, as will be almost all city and state offices.

POST OFFICE No regular mail delivery except for Priority Mail Express, formerly known as Express Mail. Regular service resumes on Tuesday.

BANKS Financial institutions have the option to close. Almost all will.

SCHOOLS Closed on Monday. Some colleges and universities may also be closed.

FINANCIAL MARKETS The nation’s stock and bond markets will be closed on Monday.

TRANSPORTATION Most local transportation systems, such as buses, subways, and commuter rail systems, will operate on Sunday or holiday schedules Monday with normal service resuming Tuesday.

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