Presidents’ Day is a national holiday that is celebrated every year on the third Monday of February. This year it will fall on Monday, February 20. Presidents’ Day, or, Washington’s Birthday as it is also known, was originally conceived to honor America’s first commander in chief. It was then moved back to also include Abraham Lincoln before finally being viewed as a day to honor all previous presidents.
Presidents’ Day was first recognized by the federal government in 1879, but the holiday took place on Washington’s actual birthday (February 22) until 1971 when it was moved to its current date. It is a paid holiday for all state employees.
In an attempt to help you plan out your free day, here is everything you need to know about banks and stores on Presidents’ Day.
Are Banks Open On Presidents’ Day?
As Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday, most banks will be closed. Some might be open, in which case you can call ahead to check. But Bank of America, BB&T, Chase Bank, Capital One Bank, and other major branches will be observing the holiday. If something major comes up, try and take care of it online.
What Stores Are Open On Presidents’ Day?
Here is a list of businesses that will be open on Presidents’ Day:
- Retail stores
- Liquor stores
- Gas stations
- Movie theaters
In fact, Presidents’ Day will feature some of the best sales of the year for all of you savvy shoppers out there. Here are links from Bankrate, USA Today and Offers to help you find the best deals out there.