Today Is Not Presidents Day

At least not as far as the Federal Government is concerned:

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The asterisk leads to this:

This holiday is designated as “Washington’s Birthday” in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

So, there you have it. Presidents Day doesn’t really exist.

H/T Jeff Quinton

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    So, there you have it. Presidents Day doesn’t really exist.

    Somebody needs to tell the Post Office.

  2. Moosebreath says:

    That’s OK — in many states, President’s Day is observed on the day after Thanksgiving.

  3. C. Clavin says:

    I’m working…so, yeah…it doesn’t exist.

  4. C. Clavin says:

    Seriously…do we really want to be celebrating Bush43???

  5. PogueMahone says:

    So we’re supposed to celebrate this day, but not Super Bowl Monday!?

    I call Bullsh!t.