Are you working today or do you have Presidents Day Off?
If you work at most banks and government offices you will be for today. It’s Presidents Day, aka George Washington’s birthday, on which the U.S. celebrates the birth of its first commander in chief and honors the 42 others who succeeded him. The holiday has been officially observed since 1879, in one form or another. So if it has just dawned on you that business as usual won’t transpire Monday, fret not. Here’s a listing what’s closed today on Presidents Day.
Postal offices will not be delivering mail Monday. If you’ve got mail to send, it will sit in a mailbox until the first collection time Tuesday. Packages shipped through UPS and FedEx should still arrive if the delivery date falls on the holiday. Amazon.com says it processes and ships some orders on the holiday, but delivery may be delayed.
Major banks covered by the Federal Reserve Bank observe Presidents day. Transactions and deposits made in stores and at ATMs may not be reflected on bank-account and credit-card statements until the next business day. For anyone trying to wire money to friends and family members, Western Union and MoneyGram will process transactions online, but hours for walk-in service locations may vary.
If a driver’s license or other government-issued identification card has expired, those offices also are scheduled to be closed. That includes most state departments of motor vehicles, as well as federal Social Security offices and Veterans Affairs centers. Hospitals never close, but some of their departments may have limited hours or be closed. When in doubt, call ahead.
Many schools are closed on Presidents Day. Check with your school district to find out what is open or closed in your area.
Most federal, state, county and city offices are closed in celebration of Presidents Day. A quick phone call or Internet check will show you who is open in your location.
Most U.S. workers who are off on Presidents Day are still paid for the day.
About 35 percent of American employers give their workers the holiday off, according to a Bloomberg BNA Holiday Practices Survey. That’s a larger percentage than for either Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Columbus Day. All three aforementioned day-off holidays lag New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Do you fly the American Flag for this Holiday? Do you celebrate with a special diner or trip to a local park for a picnic? Do you bake a cherry pie in celebration for the famous George Washing cherry tree myth?
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