In Honor of Convenience, Monday Is Presidents Day
According to the Britannica online, " In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. The change was designed to schedule certain holidays so that workers had a number of long weekends throughout the year....During debate on the bill, it was proposed that Washington’s Birthday be renamed Presidents’ Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington (February 22) and Lincoln (February 12)...the bill went into effect in 1971, and Presidents’ Day became the commonly accepted name, due in part to retailers’ use of that name to promote sales and the holiday’s proximity to Lincoln’s birthday. "
So there you go, it's all about the Benjamins (who wasn't a president) and the worker bees' three-day weekends. So much for honor? We can debate that another time, but for now, here's what the city of Yakima says is and isn't happening on Monday the 18th -- Presidents Day.
Many of the city's facilities will be closed. That includes City Hall, Y-PAC, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation offices.
Business offices for the Police and Fire Departments will be closed. Emergency services will remain available.
Yakima Transit will not provide bus service Monday.
The city’s Harman Center will be closed, as will the Tahoma Cemetery office.
City of Yakima garbage pick-up service will continue as scheduled Monday, but the Refuse Division’s office will be closed.
Lions Pool will remain open to the public.