Monday, February 17 is Presidents Day 2020 and you may be wondering if your mail will be delivered or if you can go to your local post office to mail something. The answer to both questions is no. Neither businesses nor residential areas get mail delivered on Presidents Day. Here’s why.
Presidents Day is a Federal Holiday
The federal government gives employees 10 federal paid holidays a year. They include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
When one of these holidays happens to fall on a weekend, the holiday is observed on Friday if it falls on the following Saturday or on Monday if the holiday falls on Sunday.
For 2020, the dates of these holidays are as follows:
Wednesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
Monday, January 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Dan
Monday, February 17 – Presidents Birthday
Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day
Friday, July 3 – Independence Day
Monday, September 7 – Labor Day
Monday, October 12 – Columbus Day
Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day
Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Federal holidays do not affect every single federal employee, however. When there is a federal holiday, only “non-essential federal government offices” are closed. This includes the United States Postal Service, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the court system. Employees like air traffic control operators, TSA agents, border patrol agents and so forth are all working because those are considered essential government programs.
While the USPS will not deliver mail service, UPS will continue service. FedEx Express and FedEx SmartPost will run on a modified schedule. Additionally, most banks, the New York Stock Exchange, the bond markets, the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (NASDAQ), other financial institutions, and the Federal Reserve are closed as well. TD Bank branches will be open, however.
For public schools, it varies from district to district, so check with your local one if you’re wondering if your children have school on Monday, February 17.
Presidents Day Is Actually Washington’s Birthday
People may not know that Presidents Day is actually called Washington’s Birthday in the United States federal code. It is observed on the third Monday in February every year, even though his actual birthday is February 22.
The reason Washington’s Birthday is more often referred to as Presidents Day is that in a lot of states, the holiday is called Presidents Day in state laws because it marks both Washington’s birthday and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which is February 12. Some states include Thomas Jefferson in there as well, even though his birthday is in April.
This year, in honor of Presidents Day, History is debuting six-hour miniseries airing over three nights that examines the life of America’s first president. The miniseries is narrated by Emmy award-winning actor Jeff Daniels and features interviews with President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and noted historians, including Joseph J. Ellis, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jon Meacham, and Alan Taylor.
Information about how to watch Washington on TV and online is available here. It airs on Sunday, February 16, Monday, February 17, and Tuesday, February 18 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.
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