What's open, closed on Presidents Day?

Posted February 23, 2017

This means that on Monday a slew of stores, malls, banks, post offices, stock markets, and more are closed.

Actors portraying President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, stroll the Chicago History Museum on Monday.

Today is George Washington's birthday.

"What if we don't want to celebrate all presidents?" The federal holiday started back in 1885 to recognize President George Washington.

"The bill went into effect in 1971 and deemed that "Washington's Birthday" would be moved from February 22 to the third Monday in February".

Well, not really. Washington was born on February 22, which is this coming Wednesday in 2017. Another possible day would be September 22 the day Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which marked the beginning of the end of slavery in America. One outcome, intended or otherwise, is that the holiday falls between February 15 and 21, never landing on Washington's actual birthday. Around half the states have state holidays honoring both Lincoln and Washington today.

Lincoln's birthday was an official holiday for California state employees until 2009, when it was eliminated along with Columbus Day as a cost-saving measure.

Many historians consider Washington and Lincoln our greatest presidents (although you might get an argument from the present occupant of the White House). In 17 states it was Presidents' Day (plural possessive), in five states it was Presidents Day (plural), and in four states it was President's Day (singular possessive). And if you glance at your calendar, it's probably there, too.

The federal government did try to do right by Washington in 1879 when they added a fifth national holiday.

"Yes, it is. Happy Presidents' Day".

Washington and Lincoln are worth celebrating.

"In 1968, Congress debated whether to combine the two presidents' birthdays into one holiday but decided against it".

The real challenge is sorting through the varying punctuation of "presidents"-it's enough to make any copy editor dizzy".