Contrary to popular belief, neither Congress nor the President has ever stipulated that the name of the holiday observed as Washington's birthday be changed to "President's Day".
Schools: Closed. Some universities, such as Cleveland State, also close.
The Center for Legislative Archives explains that George Washington's birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday in February. But if you weren't able to take care of a permit or some other business last week, don't try today.
There's no regular mail delivery and post offices will be closed. Pictured here are the sculptured heads of the American presidents, from left to right, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, carved into Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, as a "shrine of democracy". It's a federal holiday, but not an official state holiday.
"What if we don't want to celebrate all presidents?"
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To set the record straight, the third Monday in February is a federal holiday, meaning that federal employees get the day off and federal offices are closed.
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. When Presidents' Day was established in 1971, many state and local governments started celebrating Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays on the same day.
"Well, you have to understand that federal holidays only apply to federal offices and agencies". 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. In 17 states it was Presidents' Day (plural possessive), in five states it was Presidents Day (plural), and in four states it was President's Day (singular possessive).
"Yes, it is. Happy Presidents' Day".