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Presidents’ Day 2017

July 27, 2017

What day is Presidents’ Day on? Presidents’ Day 2017 is celebrated on a Monday in February. In 2016, it was on a Monday and Presidents’ Day in 2018 is on Monday, 19-Feb-18.

Countdown to Presidents’ Day 2017 date is below, plus holiday history, facts, bank hours, mail delivery details and upcoming federal and public holidays.

Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents’ Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the USA’s first president.

When is Presidents’ Day 2017? This year Presidents’ Day is on Monday, 20-Feb-17.

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Washington’s Birthday, or Presidents’ Day, honors the life and work of the first president of the United States, George Washington.

Below you will find all the details for Presidents’ Day 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is Presidents’ Day a federal holiday?

Yes, Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday. All federal holidays are also public holidays in United States. If a federal holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is a holiday; if a holiday falls on a Sunday the following Monday is a holiday. You can view all federal holidays.

State holidays are holidays for the government and public sector in that state and almost all, private businesses will give employees the day off.

Is Presidents’ Day a national holiday?

Many businesses are open as usual and many stores hold sales on Washington’s Birthday. Many delivery services, except for the Post Office, have a regular service and many, but not all, public transit systems operate on regular schedules. Some schools close for the whole week for a mid-winter recess. According to some government sources, Indiana observes the Washington’s birthday holiday in December. Presidents’ Day is not a national holiday. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

Is Presidents’ Day a paid holiday?

The answer depends on your employer. Both federal and state law require most employers, but not all, to pay overtime. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise).


Does the mail run on Presidents’ Day?

Many people ask ‘Is there mail delivery on Presidents’ Day’? The answer is no, there will be no mail delivery on Presidents’ Day. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be closed for the holiday, which means that no businesses or homes will receive mail. This also counts out USPS and Fedex packages. According to USPS and Fedex, because it is a federal holiday, all federal offices are closed.

Additional holidays on which mail is not delivered are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Christmas Day

Are banks open on Presidents’ Day?

Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and many banks are closed. While most banks are closed, some banks can operate on their own schedules, so it may be best to check with your local branches. U.S. stock and bond markets like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be closed on Presidents’ Day. Grocery stores and malls are reportedly open.

If your bank is closed, it is still possible to conduct general banking transactions via ATM, online banking or your mobile phone. Apps and websites are running though not all normal functions may be accessed for the holiday.

Banks that are closed for the holiday include:

  • Bank of America
  • Bank of the West
  • Capital One Bank
  • Chase
  • Citibank
  • Comerica Bank
  • Compass Bank
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • HSBC
  • Huntington National Bank
  • KeyBank
  • PNC Bank
  • Regions
  • RBS Citizens
  • Santander Bank
  • SunTrust Bank
  • US Bank

Are stores open on Presidents’ Day?

On Presidents’ Day, many stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no national holidays on which all businesses are closed by law. However, some stores may have shortened or extended holiday hours for the day. Stores may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Presidents’ Day in order to give their employees the day off. For restaurants, stores and other establishments specific to your area, you will have to check with the individual business.

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Presidents’ Day 2017

Holiday: Presidents’ Day
Date: 20-Feb-17
Weekday: Monday
Holiday Type: Federal Holiday
Presidents’ Day 2018: Monday, 19-Feb-18
Presidents’ Day 2019: Monday, 18-Feb-19
Presidents’ Day 2020: Monday, 17-Feb-20

History & Origin

George Washington was the first president of the United States of America. His first term as president was from 1789 to 1793 and his second term from 1793 to 1797. Before he became president, he played important roles in the military, leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783. Washington is often seen as the father of the United States and is probably the best known American politician ever.

The likeness and name of George Washington can still be seen in many places in the United States. There is the portrait of him and three other American presidents carved into Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. His image is also used on the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. The capital of the United States, Washington D.C., Washington State and at least three universities are named after him.

Washington’s Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington’s birth, on February 22. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.

This holiday is legally designated as “Washington’s Birthday”. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is the federal government’s policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

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How To Celebrate Presidents’ Day

Washington’s Birthday officially honors the life and work of George Washington, the first president of the United States. The day commemorates past presidents of the USA. Washington’s Birthday is sometimes known as Presidents’ Day. This is because while most states have adopted Washington’s Birthday, some states officially celebrate Presidents’ Day.

Some states pay particular attention to Abraham Lincoln, as his birthday was also in mid-February. In the weeks or days leading up to the holiday, schools often organize events and lessons for students about the presidents of the United States and George Washington in particular. It is a popular day for stores to start their sales.

The US federal holiday is on the third Monday of February each year, but records show that George Washington’s birthday is on February 22.

How To Say Presidents’ Day in:

Spanish: Día del Presidente
Norwegian: President-dagen
German: Tag der Präsidenten

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