Presidents’ Day 2016, celebrated as Washington’s Day or Lincoln’s Birthday in some states, is on Monday, and a full list of what is open and closed, including banks, post offices, other mail services, Costco, libraries, liquor stores, retail stores, restaurants, and the stock market is being provided below. As a general rule, since Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday, all federal offices are closed while private institutions are usually open.
Presidents’ Day 2016, as in the past, is honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln or all presidents, depending what state you live in. However, officially the day is recognized as the anniversary of Washington’s birthday, reports The Patriot Post on February 15. George Washington’s actual birthday is February 22 and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is February 12.
Monday, February 15, is being celebrated as Washington Day in Illinois and Massachusetts. In Virginia, is it celebrated as George Washington Day. Utah, Colorado and Montana celebrate the day as Washington and Lincoln Day. Montana celebrates it as Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthday, and Minnesota is calling it Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday. Alabama has turned it the day into a George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Birthday. In Arkansas, the day is called George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day. While the remaining states celebrate the day as Presidents’ Day, California calls the third Monday in February Presidents’ Day but Lincoln’s birthday is officially celebrated on February 12.
Being aware of how Presidents’ Day 2016 might be called by a different name might clarify why — on a state level — some places might be open while others are closed. On a federal level, the question of what is open or closed is much easier.
Below is a full list of what is open or closed on Monday, Presidents’ Day 2016:
• All federal offices are closed.
• United States Post Offices are closed and there is no mail delivery.
• UPS recognizes but does not observe Presidents’ Day, so all regular services are available.
• FedEx provides normal pickup and delivery service on Presidents’ Day.
• Federal banks are closed. However, if banks are under state control or private, they might be open.
• The Federal Reserve is closed and there is no processing of checks.
• ATMs are open but transactions might not appear until the next day.
• The stock markets are closed.
• All U.S. markets (equity, options, and fixed income) are closed.
• Federal libraries and most state libraries are closed.
• The Motor Vehicle Departments (DMV) are closed.
• Federal courts and court houses are closed. The majority of state courts are also closed.
• Garbage pick-up is on a holiday schedule but private companies might stick to the regular schedule so please check your schedule online.
• Most schools are closed.
• Most restaurants are open.
• Costco is open.
• Malls are open.
• Retail stores are open and many have special Presidents’ Day sales.
• Grocery stores are open.
Since Presidents’ Day 2016 is also called Washington’s Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday or some other celebratory day, some states differ in their regulations as to what is open or closed on Monday. Most importantly, those regulations affect liquor stores. Quite interestingly, some states control spirits but not beer and wine, while others control all. Does that mean one can buy beer and wine on Monday but not spirits? To find out which liquor stores are open or closed on Presidents’ Day 2016 and what can be bought at what time, please visit the Liquor Laws by State list.