Presidents Day Weekend: What's Open, What's Closed

Government offices at all levels and the town library are closed; the YMCA is open. As for the state DMV, well, it's complicated.

Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington (1795). Metropolitan Museum of Art (photo cropped from Wikimedia Commons version)
Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington (1795). Metropolitan Museum of Art (photo cropped from Wikimedia Commons version)
Presidents' Day or Washington's Birthday is observed on Feb. 17, the third Monday of the month, by most governments, banks, schools and other public institutions.

Presidents' Day is an unofficial name for the Washington's Birthday federal holiday and it's also popularly written without the apostrophe, but either way is considered acceptable by most dictionaries, even while the apostrophe version is used more by authoritative writers.

Washington's actual birthday Feb. 22 (the date he himself celebrated after the British calendar was changed during his lifetime), is actually never officially observed as a holiday because the third Monday of the month never falls later than Feb. 21.

Here's what's open and what's closed in New Canaan and beyond for Presidents' Day weekend, 2014:

Department of Motor Vehicles

Holiday schedule for major service centers, including the Norwalk Office:

  • Friday: Norwalk Office is open from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (unless it closes due to the snow)
  • Saturday: Norwalk Office is closed
  • Monday: The department is normally closed.
  • Tuesday: The department reopens for business with normal business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Presidents' Day


  • Banks in Connecticut have the option of opening or closing. According to state policy: "Connecticut banks and credit unions are required to give at least two weeks’ advance notice to their customers of holiday openings and closings by posting such notice in the lobby of each office." TD Bank, as usual, is open.


  • New Canaan Public Schools (school calendar) — schools are closed all week for the February break and reopen Monday, Feb. 24.


Metro-North has announced: "On Presidents' Day, Monday, Feb. 17,  Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule. The Hudson Rail Link and Newburgh-Beacon and  Haverstraw-Ossining ferries will not operate. Grand Central North's exits at 46th-48th Streets will be closed."

Sarah Magrino February 15, 2014 at 07:46 AM
President's Day is actually a single Federal holiday honoring BOTH President Washington(2/22) and President Lincoln's birthdays (2/12)-- there used to be two separate federal holidays for each of their birthdays in February, these holidays were combined into one "President's Day" federal February Monday holiday.
MAC February 15, 2014 at 02:08 PM
Thanks for the reminder, Sarah. Our nation's heroic founders and great Presidents are too often forgotten, and our Divinely Inspired founding Principles diminished by those who are ignorant of history. Although not directly talking about these Presidents, I highly recommend reading, sharing, and keeping this article:....... "American Exceptionalism Under Assault"................................... http://spectator.org/articles/35997/american-exceptionalism-under-assault.........................................................................


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