Today is Presidents' Day: What's open, what's closed

NBC5 Editorial: Celebrating the meaning of Presidents' Day

President's Day Closures

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. The post office is closed on Presidents' Day and will not deliver the mail on Monday. If you hear anyone call it "Presidents Day", you have my permission to beat them around the head with a stick.

February 22, the date of Washington's birth in 1732, became a federal holiday in 1879. In 1971 the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Diverse voices supported the suggestion to unite both dates as an alternative to give the same recognition to the US most famous statesmen in History, but the idea was not finally approved. This Presidents' Day, test your knowledge of American history by taking our USA presidents quiz and putting all the presidents in order chronologically, from the most recent all the way back to Washington.

As for President Trump, he is spending at least part of the day at his Florida golf course, according to national reports. Former Saratoga Mayor Chuck Page took a diplomatic route, saying you should let your personal beliefs - does it honor one, two or multiple presidents? - be your guide. Congressional measures to restore Washington and Lincoln's individual birthdays were proposed during the early 2000s, but all failed to gain much attention.

It's been rough for George Washington's birthday, officially and unofficially. In its original incarnation as Washington's Birthday, the holiday gained special meaning during the difficulties of the Great Depression, when portraits of George Washington often graced the front pages of newspapers and magazines every February 22. Around the country, patriotic and historical groups hold events and celebrations.

Long Beach City College will suspend classes Monday, while California State University, Long Beach, will keep its campus open.

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