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Presidents' Day 2024 in the United States

The federal holiday on the third Monday of February is called Washington’s Birthday, while several US states celebrate it as “Presidents’ Day” (spellings vary). The holiday creates a long weekend.

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota shows four US presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln.

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Federal Holiday: These Services Are Closed

Presidents’ Day (officially “Washington’s Birthday”) is a federal holiday in the United States on the third Monday in February. Because it is a federal holiday, federal services, such as US Postal Service post offices, are closed on Presidents’ Day. Some schools close as well, especially in the DC area. Private businesses are usually open, as well as private mail and delivery companies. Public transport often operates on a Saturday schedule.

Why Is Presidents’ Day on a Monday?

Presidents’ Day is celebrated on a Monday to create a long weekend—initially only for federal employees. The holiday has only been celebrated on a Monday since 1971 when the US Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The act moved three federal holidays from their original dates to a Monday: Washington’s Birthday (originally February 22), Memorial Day (originally May 30), and Veterans Day (originally November 11, and moved back to that date in 1978).


Washington’s Birthday or Presidents’ Day?

It all started with Washington’s Birthday. In 1885, the US Government decided to honor the first US president, George Washington, with his own federal holiday: Washington’s Birthday. It was celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday*, February 22. In 1885, this day was a Sunday.

Almost one hundred years later, in 1971, the US Congress changed the date for Washington’s birthday celebration to the third Monday in February to create a three-day weekend. Congress never changed the name—federally, the holiday is still called “Washington’s Birthday.”

The naming differences become clearer when you look at the state holidays. Several US states introduced their own state holidays with different names:

  • 7 states and DC call it “Washington’s Birthday” or “George Washington Day.”
  • 5 states use some combination of Washington and another president, usually Lincoln.
  • 4 states use Washington and “Presidents’ Day” in their title.
  • 24 states use “Presidents’ Day” in some variation—eleven use “Presidents’ Day” (plural), ten call it “President’s Day” (singular), and three simply use “Presidents Day.”
  • 10 states do not celebrate the day at all.

So both “Presidents’ Day” and “Washington’s Birthday” are correct. Today, most people use “Presidents’ Day” as the name for this holiday.

Is Presidents' Day a Public Holiday?

Presidents' Day or Washington's Birthday is a federal holiday in all US states. Federal employees will usually have a day off from work. 41 US states have instituted a state holiday on the same date, usually called “Presidents' Day” or “Washington's Birthday” or some variation thereof. State holidays are not necessarily public holidays, they can be observances as well—please check with your local state rules and regulations to see if Presidents' Day is a public holiday in your state.


* George Washington was born February 11, 1731, however, when the British colonies changed their calendar from Julian to Gregorian in 1752, Washington’s birth date became February 22, 1732.

Presidents' Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2019MonFeb 18Presidents' DayFederal Holiday 
2019MonFeb 18Presidents' DayState HolidayAll except DE, FL, GA, IA, IN, KS, KY, LA, NC, NM, RI, WI
2019MonFeb 18Presidents' DayState Legal HolidayKS, KY, LA, WI
2019FriNov 29Presidents' DayState HolidayNew Mexico
2019TueDec 24Presidents' DayState HolidayGeorgia, Indiana
2020MonFeb 17Presidents' DayFederal Holiday 
2020MonFeb 17Presidents' DayState HolidayAll except DE, FL, GA, IA, IN, KS, KY, LA, NC, NM, RI, WI
2020MonFeb 17Presidents' DayState Legal HolidayKS, KY, LA, WI
2020FriNov 27Presidents' DayState HolidayNew Mexico
2020ThuDec 24Presidents' DayState HolidayGeorgia, Indiana
2021MonFeb 15Presidents' DayFederal Holiday 
2021MonFeb 15Presidents' DayState HolidayAll except DE, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2021MonFeb 15Presidents' DayState Legal HolidayKS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2021FriNov 26Presidents' DayState HolidayNew Mexico
2021ThuDec 23Presidents' DayState HolidayGeorgia, Indiana
2022MonFeb 21Presidents' DayFederal Holiday 
2022MonFeb 21Presidents' DayState HolidayAll except DE, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2022MonFeb 21Presidents' DayState Legal HolidayKS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2022FriNov 25Presidents' DayState HolidayNew Mexico
2023MonFeb 20Presidents' DayFederal Holiday 
2023MonFeb 20Presidents' DayState HolidayAll except DE, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2023MonFeb 20Presidents' DayState Legal HolidayKS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2023FriNov 24Presidents' DayState HolidayNew Mexico
2024MonFeb 19Presidents' DayFederal Holiday 
2024MonFeb 19Presidents' DayState HolidayAll except DE, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2024MonFeb 19Presidents' DayState Legal HolidayKS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2024FriNov 29Presidents' DayState HolidayNew Mexico
2025MonFeb 17Presidents' DayFederal Holiday 
2025MonFeb 17Presidents' DayState HolidayAll except DE, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2025MonFeb 17Presidents' DayState Legal HolidayKS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2025FriNov 28Presidents' DayState HolidayNew Mexico
2026MonFeb 16Presidents' DayFederal Holiday 
2026MonFeb 16Presidents' DayState HolidayAll except DE, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2026MonFeb 16Presidents' DayState Legal HolidayKS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2026FriNov 27Presidents' DayState HolidayNew Mexico
2027MonFeb 15Presidents' DayFederal Holiday 
2027MonFeb 15Presidents' DayState HolidayAll except DE, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2027MonFeb 15Presidents' DayState Legal HolidayKS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2027FriNov 26Presidents' DayState HolidayNew Mexico
2028MonFeb 21Presidents' DayFederal Holiday 
2028MonFeb 21Presidents' DayState HolidayAll except DE, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2028MonFeb 21Presidents' DayState Legal HolidayKS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2028FriNov 24Presidents' DayState HolidayNew Mexico
2029MonFeb 19Presidents' DayFederal Holiday 
2029MonFeb 19Presidents' DayState HolidayAll except DE, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2029MonFeb 19Presidents' DayState Legal HolidayKS, KY, LA, NC, RI, WI
2029FriNov 23Presidents' DayState HolidayNew Mexico

While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.