PRESIDENTS’ Day falls on February 18 2019 to celebrate the birth of the first American president, George Washington. But what does Presidents’ Day entail and what is its history? Here’s everything you need to know. What is Presidents’ Day? Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday in America celebrated on the third Monday in February. The holiday commemorates the birthday of George Washington, the first President of the United States born on February 22, 1732. The holiday is also used to celebrate other presidents’ birthdays, most commonly Abraham Lincoln. Interestingly, because the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act dictated that the holiday had to fall between February 15 and February 21 each year, Presidents’ Day never actually falls on Washington’s birthday. Which businesses and institutions close for the holiday? Until the late 1980s, most corporate businesses closed on Presidents’ Day like they would on Christmas Day. Now many remain open and run sales and promotions instead, while federal and state government services — including the U.S. Postal Service — do still close. Public elementary and secondary schools also generally shut, while many colleges and universities run amended timetables. The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq will be closed with normal trading resuming on… Read full this story
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