Yes, Amazon is delivering packages on Presidents Day in most cities. FedEx and UPS will are also delivering goods, but don’t expect anything from the USPS. Presidents Day is a federal holiday, which means many government offices will be closed.
The U.S. has been celebrating Presidents Day since the 1880s to honor President George Washington’s birthday. According to History.com, it was proposed by Arkansas Senator Steven Wallace Dorsey. President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law by 1879. It later evolved, becoming a day to recognize all presidents, past and present.
History.com revealed a fun fact about Presidents Day: It never coincides with the real birthday of any American president. Even though four executive U.S. leaders—Washington, William Henry Harrison, Lincoln and Reagan—their dates of birth are too early or too late to land on the holiday since it’s always observed on the third Monday in February.
Why Presidents Day is on A Monday
In 1968, Presidents Day was moved to a Monday as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. It was officially recognized in 1971 after an executive order from Richard M. Nixon.
The goal was to create longer weekends for the nation’s workers, though some people at the time opposed, saying the holiday should be celebrated on its actual day. Columbus Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day were also moved from their traditional dates to create more three-day weekends for workers.
Presidents Day was the first federal holiday to commemorate an individual American. The second was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after MLK Day was signed into law by Ronald Reagan in 1983.
In the day of the internet, memes have also become associated with Presidents Day. Some of them use historical puns, and then there’s also the classic quote that has been attributed to Lincoln: “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet just because there’s a picture with a quote next to it.”
President Trump Slams the ‘Fake News’ Media
The day before Presidents Day, President Donald Trump blamed the “Fake News” for reporting a part of the southern border wall fell to make it “sound terrible.” According to the president, the case is quite the contrary. The panels had been mended and will last “forever.”
“Last week the Fake News said that a section of our powerful, under construction, Southern Border Wall ‘fell over,’ trying to make it sound terrible, except the reason was that the concrete foundation was just poured & soaking wet when big winds kicked in. Quickly fixed ‘forever,’” he tweeted on Sunday.
Last month, part of the wall fell onto trees near Calexico, California, on the Mexican side of the border. According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts were nearly 40 mph at the time of the incident.
No one was harmed after some of the 30-feet-tall panels broke away, Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph DeSio revealed. “No property damage or injuries were sustained during this uncommon event while the concrete was drying and construction remains ongoing,” DeSio said.