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Why Do We Celebrate President’s Day?

Todd's Head Replaces George Washington at Mt RushmoreWhen I was a kid we celebrated George Washington’s birthday. We also celebrated Abe Lincoln’s birthday.  Now those two days seemed to have morphed into a holiday called President’s Day. Some of us get off work. Some of us don’t. Our company celebrates Presidents Day, but I am still working. (Good thing I love my job.)  So why is President’s Day a national holiday? Is it because some of their faces are carved in rock?

According to Wikipedia:

Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day. Washington’s actual birthday is February 22nd. On January 1st, 1971, the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

Washington & Lincoln at Mt Rushmore
Picture by Jenny Harding

Lincoln’s birthday is February 12th, but it was never officially a federal holiday.

All Federal Government offices are closed on President’s Day, including the post office. Most schools are closed. Banks are closed too.

Some local government offices are closed. Some are not.

  • The City of Greeley administrative buildings are closed for President’s Day.
  • City of Loveland offices are open on Presidents’ Day
  • In Fort Collins: In honor of Presidents Day, all City offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The Gardens on Spring Creek will also be closed. Recreation facilities, libraries and Transfort will maintain regular hours. Essential services such as fire, police and utilities will continue as usual.

Are Fort Collins, Greeley, and Loveland School Closed?

If you don’t know about your school, check their website. It’s always a good place to start.

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