Is President’s Day A Federal Holiday

February 21, 2011 by USA Post 

Is President’s Day A Federal Holiday, Washington’s Birthday is the designated official name for what is also known as Presidents ‘Day (or Presidents’ Day). Publicly held since Washington was in office, the day was originally held as a federal holiday in the United States federal government in 1880 to government offices in the District of Columbia and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices.

As the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, the holiday was celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday, February 22, then changed to the third Monday in February 1971 by the Uniform Monday Holiday. After all, what good is a federal holiday falls on a weekend or not give you a weekend of 3 days?

In 1968, the day of President became legal consideration in Congress to honor Washington and Lincoln (George Washington was born on February 22 and Abraham Lincoln was born on 12 February), but was rejected, although the party was moved to fall between the birthdays of President to two.

In the mid 1980′s, advertisers began to use “Presidents Day”, the term to promote special sales, cementing the name of the holiday in American culture. The theme has expanded the focus of the festival in honor of Abraham Lincoln and often other Presidents of the United States.

The federal holiday for Presidents Day will see more local mayors and city departments closed.

On Monday federal holiday President’s Day will see more local mayors and city departments closed. All offices of state and federal government and the U.S. will be closed Post Office does not deliver mail.

However, the city of Cleveland Department of Public Works and the City of Akron waste collection pick up trash on Monday.

Today is Presidents Day, and if you’re like many people this morning you are wondering what that means for your mailbox (at the time of this writing, Google Trends ranks the phrases “are the banks open day of presidents, “the post office is open Presidents’ Day 2011,” “Presidents Day is a federal holiday” and “vacation USPS 2011″ as one of the Top 10 searches).

Will be sent by mail today? No. Does the post office open? No. Will your bank be open? Maybe, but maybe not, depending on the bank (it is best to call ahead or visit the website of your bank before leaving, especially on a day with weather like today).

Presidents Day known as Washington’s Birthday – is a federal holiday celebrating the USPS and third Monday in February (though the actual birthday of our first president is February 22). That is great news, if you are a federal employee and today off, but not so great news if you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for tax refunds to come in the mail.

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