Today is Presidents Day, a U.S. holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February in honor of all American presidents—in particular, two who were born in February, George Washington (Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12).
The holiday was originally created in 1885 in honor of the nation's first president, George Washington, and was celebrated every year on his actual birthday, according to history.com. In 1971, the holiday was changed to Presidents Day.
Today, Presidents Day is considered by many to be a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present, although some still refer to the day as "Washington's Birthday."
Because of the federal holiday, several locations around town will be closed today. Here's a quick guide:
- Banks: Closed
- Bars and restaurants: Open
- Convenience stores: Open
- Libraries: Closed
- Liquor stores: Open
- MBTA: Operating on a Saturday schedule
- Municipal offices (including Boston City Hall): Closed
- Parking Meters: Free in Boston, but time restrictions apply
- Post office: Closed
- Retail stores: Open at owner's discretion
- Schools (including Boston Public): Closed
- Stock market: Closed
- Street cleaning: No Monday street cleaning except for overnight cleaning, 12-7 a.m., where posted
- Supermarkets: Open
- Tow lot: Closed until 7 a.m. Tuesday
- Trash/Recycling: One day late for the rest of the week's schedule except for Boston proper, Charlestown, Roxbury and South Boston. See the full schedule here.
Know of someplace that's closed today, or somewhere that's open with a special Presidents Day event or sale going on? Tell us in the comments.