What’s Open And Closed President Day Holiday 2020?
President Day Holiday 2020 is on Monday, Feb. 17, and it’s additionally referred to as George Washington’s birthday.
The day was originally established in the 1880s to admire President George Washington but later became viewed as a time to recognize all presidents, past, and present, after it was moved to a Monday as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which took effect in 1971. At that time, the name was also changed to Presidents Day.
While it is a federal holiday, not all companies and government agencies celebrate it. Notably, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will run on a regular schedule instead of the Sunday/holiday schedule observed on other holidays.
Federal law establishes the public holidays listed in these pages for Federal employees. Please note that most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonwork day — Saturday or Sunday — the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).
History of President Day
Until 1971 both 12th February and 22nd February were celebrated as public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. In 1971 President Richard Nixon declared the Presidents’ Day as one federal public holiday to honor all the Presidents of the United States.
George Washington (22nd February 1732 – 14th December 1799): At the time of his birth America was not a free nation, it was under British rule and Americans was struggling for freedom. George Washington was an American general in the war against Britain to get freedom for America. He was elected as the first president of the United States.
Abraham Lincoln (12th February 1809 – 15th April 1865): He was born in a very poor family and struggled a lot to obtain his basic education. By virtue of his hard work and dedication, he became the 16th president of the United States.
What’s open, closed during the President Day 2020?
The three-day President Day Holiday 2020 weekend has arrived. Monday, February 17 is Presidents’ Day. The federal holiday marks the birthdays of the United States Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Lately, the holiday has come to recognize the contributions of all past presidents, not just Washington and Lincoln. Since Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday, all federal, state and local government offices are closed, but what else is open and closed on Monday, February 17?
The United States Postal Service will be closed on Presidents Day. UPS will operate normally. FedEx Ground and Home Delivery will be open, but FedEx Express and FedEx SmartPost will have a modified service.
Most schools are closed for students. It is a Professional Development Day for staff in Piscataway Township Schools.
PennWaste and Republic Services do not observe Presidents Day.
Most banks are closed though TD Banks are open. Most banks will be closed for the holiday, but ATMs will be accessible.
York, Lebanon, and Adams counties courts will be closed for the holiday. Franklin County courts will be open.
- Retail stores: Open.
- Malls: Open regular hours.
- Supermarkets: Open regular hours.
- Liquor stores: Open in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
- City and town offices: Closed
- State offices: Closed.
- State courts: Closed.
- Registry of Motor Vehicles: Closed.
- State parks: Open.
- Bradley International Airport: Bradley warns that this week is always busy due to school vacations.
- Logan International Airport: Logan is adding bus service for the busy travel week.
- Peter Pan Bus Lines: It’s a busy travel weekend, and Peter Pan warns travelers that schedules might change.
- PVTA: The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is operating on a regular schedule in Springfield and Northampton, but with reduced service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- WRTA: Worcester Regional Transit Authority bus and paratransit service will run on a Saturday schedule except for Routes 29, 33 and 42 and community shuttles, which will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
- FRTA: The Franklin Regional Transit Authority will be closed with no service.
- CTrail: The Hartford Line will operate on a Saturday schedule both Saturday and Sunday, with a Sunday schedule for Presidents Day.
- Metro-North: Connections will operate on a Saturday schedule. Shore Line East train connections will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule.
- MBTA: All subway and commuter rail lines, buses and trackless trolleys will operate on a Saturday schedule. All ferries and boats will operate on a normal weekday schedule and the Ride will operate on a Saturday schedule. The CharlieCard store at Downtown Crossing in Boston will be closed.
- Highways: The Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will not be deployed on Monday. Normal deployments will resume Tuesday at 5 a.m., the state Department of Transportation said.
- HOV lanes: The high-occupancy vehicle lane on Interstate 93 between Boston and Quincy will not be deployed on Monday, Feb. 18. On Friday, Feb. 15, the HOV lane from Quincy to Boston will open earlier than usual from 1-8 p.m. The Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will be open from 1 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Stock market open on President Day Holiday 2020
U.S. financial markets are closed on Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq will resume normal trading hours on Tuesday following a three-day holiday weekend to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. Presidents Day is also a federal bank holiday.
The U.S. bond market will be closed Monday, as recommended by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Foreign financial markets are open Monday. Currency markets are expected to remain open for trading.
Stocks were little changed Friday but posted their second straight weekly gain.