President’s Day 2016 or what some call Washington’s Birthday 2016, lands on Monday, Feb. 15, which is a federal holiday and a three-day weekend for many folks out there. If you are one of the lucky ones to have President’s Day off, enjoy the day. You won’t see another federal holiday three-day weekend for about three and a half months, which is when Memorial Day comes along.
According to Mass Live on Feb. 14, most federal, state and municipal government offices are closed. Most schools are closed, with many taking this week as their winter vacation.
The United States Post Office is closed on Monday Feb. 15 and there is no mail delivery on Monday. This holds true for all the federal holidays when it comes to the Post Office, they follow the federal holiday schedule and close with the other federal, state and local government offices.
Banks no longer have to follow the federal holiday schedule, but still most still do. The banks inside supermarkets or malls may be open, but you would need to call ahead before heading out to make sure.
According to Mass Live, “The Federal Reserve is closed and thus is not processing checks, according to the Massachusetts Bankers Association. But some individual bank branches might remain open Monday, processing transactions on Tuesday. Customers should check with their branch.”
The stock markets are closed on Monday February 15 for the federal holiday. With the rollercoaster they’ve been on lately, they need a day off! According to the Market Mavin, “All U.S. markets (equity, options, and fixed income) will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day. In addition, no pre-market or after hours trading will take place on the holiday.”
The MTA has schedule changes for President’s Day. According to the MTA website, “On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15, New York City subways and buses will operate on a Saturday schedule with some planned subway service changes.” You can check with the MTA website for the route you are taking. Many of the mass transit systems nationwide are running on a schedule change or a reduced schedule for this holiday. You will need to check with your local transit system website to find out the schedule for buses and trains near you.
The Motor Vehicle Departments around the nation are closed on Monday. The same holds true for the majority of the courts and court houses.
Garbage pickup for many municipals are on a holiday schedule, but you need to check with your town or city’s website for that schedule. Most towns and cities usually push garbage pickup a day ahead for Monday federal holidays, but again you need to check your area’s schedule.
Retail stores, malls and grocery stores are open and many stores have President’s Day sales going on Monday February 15.
Liquor stores always vary state to state on federal holidays. Most states allow their liquor sales to continue as usual on President’s Day, but there are some states that have strange blue laws that won’t open. Chances are your municipal will allow liquor sales on President’s Day, but you can always call ahead. You can also check here for the individual states’ liquor control boards.
So how did the third Monday in February become President’s Day? George Washington was born Feb. 22, 1732, or as the calendar used in the British Colony of Virginia during his days indicates, he was born on Feb. 11. Either way, he was a February baby!
Abraham Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809 and these two great presidents birthdays have been celebrated on the third Monday in February, thus the name “President’s Day.” While most call the day President’s Day, the legal name for this holiday is Washington’s Birthday, so some still refer to the holiday this way.
As baby boomers remember, Washington’s Birthday was a holiday celebrated on February 22, no matter what day it fell on. But in 1971 with the creation of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, that holiday was moved. The idea behind the Monday holiday is to give the hard workers of America a three-day weekend.