Everything That's Open (and Closed) on Presidents' Day 2018

NBC5 Editorial: Celebrating the meaning of Presidents' Day

Fun fact: the official federal holiday, which falls on the third Monday of February, is still officially called Washington's Birthday.

McClory did gain the concession of having the holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February, which falls between Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12 and Washington's 10 days later. Washington's actual birthday falls on February 22, which became a federal holiday in 1879.

While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents' Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all USA presidents past and present. Many schools are closed although some that were originally scheduled to be closed for the holiday had to adjust their schedules due to missed snow days, and will be open today.

However, comments in news media and social networks said this year the date was an opportune moment to refer to 44 of the 45 presidents and exclude the present head of the White House, Donald Trump.

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To many Americans, Presidents Day means retail sales and discounts or even a day off, if they're lucky. Most banks and all libraries will be closed.

The weekend also marks the final chance for visitors to see the museum's painting of Washington's war tent during the Revolutionary War. Arkansas, for instance, celebrates Washington as well as civil rights activist Daisy Gatson Bates. It appeared to many that a federal holiday now existed to celebrate both Washington and Lincoln-as well as America's other 43 commanders in chief. Rep. William Moore McCulloch of OH argued that perhaps we wouldn't want to pay tribute to all presidents.

Have a great, but very reflective, President's Day!

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