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Presidents’ Day 2014: Are banks, the DMV, post offices, schools open or closed?

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Presidents’ Day, also called Washington's Birthday, is a United States federal holiday and is celebrated on the third Monday in February. As a federal holiday, Presidents’ Day means that federal offices, the DMV, post offices, and most banks are closed. According to a Feb. 14, 2014, Wall Street Journal report, while U.S. stock and bond markets will be closed, a few electronic-trading markets will be open.

Presidents’ Day is on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Unlike other federal holidays, this is not a clear-cut holiday.

When it comes to the name of the holiday, it can be seen as “President’s Day” (celebrating one president) or “Presidents’ Day” (celebrating several or all presidents).

According to a Washington Post report, the U.S. government lists Presidents’ Day officially as George Washington’s Birthday but individual states might be honoring another president.

“Some states do in fact honor both Washington, who was born Feb. 22, and Abraham Lincoln, who was born Feb. 12. But other states honor Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but not Lincoln, on this holiday and some states honor all the presidents. Then there are a handful of states, including Illinois, that have declared Lincoln’s birthday a state holiday — whatever day of the week Feb. 12 happens to fall — while also marking the federal holiday. In Virginia, Washington’s home state, the holiday is called George Washington’s Day. In Alabama, it is called 'Washington and Jefferson Day' (although Jefferson was born on April 13).”

In Pennsylvania, as on many other federal holidays, liquor stores will be shut down for the day but retail stores, supermarkets, and restaurants are open.

In California, as in most other states, the DMV is closed.

Chicago Public Schools will have classes but it is advisable to check the districts in your area.

With all of that confusion, the best rule of thumb is that as a federal holiday, government offices, post offices, the DMV, most banks and many schools are closed. There is no mail delivery on Monday except for express mail.

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