Published: Thu, February 23, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

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"Many think we celebrate both Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays on Presidents' Day, but the truth is that Lincoln's birthday, February 12, was never designated as a federal holiday".

Schools: Closed. Some universities, such as Cleveland State, also close.

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.

Monday is President's Day, a federal holiday which falls on the third Monday of February. But if you weren't able to take care of a permit or some other business last week, don't try today.

While Presidents Day began as an unofficial holiday to celebrate George Washington's February 22 birthday, it didn't become a federal holiday until 1879, when President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law, and not a national bank holiday until six years later, according to the History Channel.

The federal government did try to do right by Washington in 1879 when they added a fifth national holiday. City, state and federal offices stayed open last week (except state courts, which closed along with county offices).

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

Today is George Washington's birthday.

"Do we also celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday on Presidents' Day?" Yet Lincoln's birthday isn't recognized as a federal holiday, and few private-sector workers get a day off in his honor.

Ah, Presidents Day. There it is again. Washington is still strongly admired to this very day for all the precedent set during his presidency, most notably, walking away from the position of power after only two terms.

Many historians consider Washington and Lincoln our greatest presidents (although you might get an argument from the present occupant of the White House). The date for the annual federal holiday was established by Congress with the Monday Holidays Act, which went into effect in 1971.

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