SPOKANE, Wash. - Tomorrow, most people will probably observe Presidents Day by catching up on some well deserved and much needed rest and relaxation.
As always, the holiday closes most government and city facilities and stops most services.
However, whether you plan on going out or staying in, here are some important things to remember:
- Government mail services will not deliver. USPS, will not be operating tomorrow. However, services such as UPS and FedEx will operate as usual. If you are planning on receiving any mail or packages, you may want to check with your deliverer and their hours of operation.
- Most banks are closed. Banks such as Federal Reserve Banks and Wells Fargo will be closed. Check your local bank for operating hours.
- Schools get the day off. Most public school will be closed and many private schools will follow suit. However, it's always good to make sure that your child's school is in fact observing the holiday. Make sure you check school websites for this information.
- Stock markets and DMV will be closed. Money trading will take the day off and so will government licensing offices. Who would want to wait around in a DMV on Presidents Day though... Or any day for that matter?
- Courts will also be closed. Courts will not be in session.
- Garbage: Trash pickup will vary from city to city. However, in Spokane, trash pickup will continue as normal. Make sure to put those garbage and recycle bins out!
- Parking meters: All parking meters throughout the city will be free of charge on Presidents Day (try to be courteous).
- Public transportation: STA will run on a holiday service schedule. Make sure to visit their website or pick up a schedule brochure for further information.
As always, many department stores and website will offer sales on merchandise. So if you feel like going on a spending spree, make sure to check out those deals.
Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.
Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.
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 U.S. presidents past and present.
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