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Presidents' Day: What's Open and Closed

Take the day off in celebration of our Commanders in Chief.

Presidents' Day used to be President's Day -- as a New York Times article on apostrophe confusion about the holiday explains -- when it was originally a celebration of one President: George Washington.

Washington's birthday has been celebrated on the third Monday of February since a 1971 law moved many federal holidays to the nearest Monday. (Washington's actual birthday is Feb. 22.)

Now, the holiday is considered to also honor Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday was Feb. 12, and all presidents.

In the Ross Valley, it marks another holiday -- the start of Ski Week. Both the Ross Valley School District and Drake High School are out of session all week, as many families have traditionally headed to the ski slopes.

Both the San Anselmo and Fairfax town offices will additionally be closed. The police departments are, of course, open.

Both San Anselmo and Fairfax Post Offices are also closed for President's Day.

Both San Anselmo and all Marin County Libraries, including the Fairfax Library branch, will also be closed Monday.

While all banks are closed for the holiday, many of the stores in town are open and have Presidents' Day sales. However, many of the Ross Valley restaurants are always closed on Mondays - so check our business listings for phone numbers and hours before heading out.

Richard Raznikov February 20, 2012 at 05:00 PM
You've got it wrong. Before 1971, there was no 'President's Day'. Two birthdays were celebrated: Washington's on February 22 and Lincoln's on February 12. The idiotic new law put them together as a means of eliminating one of the two 'off' days from work and school calendars.

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