Hoping to run errands Monday? Anyone with that plan will find most banks and government offices closed for the day. It’s Presidents Day, aka George Washington’s birthday, during which the U.S. celebrates the birth of its first commander-in-chief.
The federal holiday also honors the 42 others who succeeded Washington. Presidents Day has been officially observed since 1879, in one form or another. But if it has just dawned on you that Monday is a holiday, don’t fret! Here’s a look at what’s closed on Presidents Day:
Postal offices will not be delivering mail Monday. Mail dropped in a mailbox Monday will sit there until the first collection time Tuesday. Packages shipped through UPS and FedEx should still arrive if the delivery date falls on Presidents Day. Amazon processes and ships some orders on the holiday, but delivery could be delayed.
Major banks covered by the Federal Reserve Bank are closed on Presidents Day. Transactions and deposits made at ATMs may not be reflected on bank account and credit card statements until the next business day. Western Union and MoneyGram will be processing money wiring transactions online, but hours for walk-in service locations may vary.
If your driver’s license or other government-issued identification card has expired, you’ll have to wait to renew; those offices also are scheduled to be closed Monday. That includes most state departments of motor vehicles, along with federal Social Security offices and Veterans Affairs centers. Hospitals never close, but some of their departments, such as the pharmacy, may have limited hours or be closed.
Many U.S. workers who have the day off on Presidents Day are still paid. Thirty-five percent of American employers were giving their workers the holiday off, according to a recent Bloomberg BNA Holiday Practices Survey. That’s a larger percentage than employers giving either Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Columbus Day as paid time off. Observance of the aforementioned holidays lags behind New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.