Presidents Day 2017: Top 10 Quotes to Celebrate Our Nation

George Washington

For many Americans, today is a holiday.

Financial markets are closed in the U.S.as the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will observe the President's holiday.

After that, three students from fifth grade through sophomore year of high school will deliver prize-winning speeches inspired by Lincoln at 2 p.m.in the Chicago Room North.

Presidents' Day falls on the third Monday in February in honor of our first president's birthday. Post offices are closed on Monday as well, but all institutions will resume their regular business hours on Tuesday. City, state and federal offices stayed open last week (except state courts, which closed along with county offices).

Ah, Presidents Day. There it is again.

In fact, the federal holiday is still called "Washington's Birthday", which was actually on February 22, 1732.

"What if we don't want to celebrate all presidents?"

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According to state statute we have a number of state holidays that do not have full holiday status, including the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, Confederate Memorial Day, and Huey P. Long Day.

It was the popularity of Abraham Lincoln, and the fact the his birthday is only 10 days before on February 12, that made people reconsider how we celebrated our most iconic presidents, and others after them. Yet Lincoln's birthday isn't recognized as a federal holiday, and few private-sector workers get a day off in his honor.

"The bill went into effect in 1971 and deemed that "Washington's Birthday" would be moved from February 22 to the third Monday in February". Honor Lincoln and the other presidents that your state recognizes.

But dozens of states celebrate the presidential legacy, or the hope of getting a really great deal on a vehicle, on the same day.

"Yes, it is. Happy Presidents' Day".

The real challenge is sorting through the varying punctuation of "presidents"-it's enough to make any copy editor dizzy".

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