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Presidents Day
Most government offices will be closed on Presidents Day.
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The third Monday of every February is a time to remember past presidents and, for some, enjoy a day off work.

It was established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington and is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

Washington was born on Feb. 22 and the holiday became known as Presidents Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

Presidents Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

Is there an apostrophe in Presidents Day?
Since Presidents Day is not the officially adopted name of the holiday, styles vary. The Associated Press Stylebook, which spells out the conventions followed by most news media, shuns the apostrophe.

Webster's Dictionary, a popular online source for spelling and style, adopts it as Presidents' Day.

Here are some key businesses that will and won't be closed on Feb. 19:

Mail services 
The United States Postal Service will not deliver mail on Presidents Day, but UPS and FedEx will operate as usual.

Most banks, including Federal Reserve Banks and Wells Fargo, will be closed. TD Bank will be open Presidents Day.

Most public schools will be closed to observe the federal holiday, and many private schools will do the same. Some schools might be in session to make up for weather-related cancellations.

Stock markets
The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and bond markets will be closed.

Department of Motor Vehicles offices across the U.S. will be closed. Kenton County is an exception to this. Both the Independence and the Covington offices are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Courts will not be in session.

Retail stores
Most department stores and retail shops will be open, many offering Presidents Day sales. Most restaurants will also remain open.

Grocery stores
Most grocery stores will be open.

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