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Presidents Day & Washington's Birthday: What's Open,What's Closed in NY?

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The official name of this annual February American holiday is still Washington's Birthday. But everyone calls it Presidents Day.

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Answer:

What is open, and what is closed?

Presidents Day is a federal, NY state and city holiday. Therefore, in Brooklyn and throughout New York City, on the Monday of the three day weekend on which President's Day is celebrated:

  • Post offices are closed.
  • City offices and other government buildings are closed.
  • Public schools are closed.
  • There will be no garbage and recycling collections.
  • Alternate Side Parking rules are suspended.

 

Which President, Anyway?

The official name of this annual February American holiday is still Washington's Birthday. But everyone calls it  Presidents Day.

Presidents Day,  observed in February, is a holiday originally celebrating not one but two events, which both fell in February:  both President Abe Lincoln  and President George Washington's birthdays (Lincoln was born on February 12; Washington was born on February 17.)  Years ago, these holidays were celebrated separately, but in 1971, for the sake of convenience they were combined, and the holiday is generally called, simply, Presidents Day.

     

     

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