At least that’s what the Christian Science Monitor claims:
There is no federal Presidents Day. It’s a myth. The United States as a whole does not have such a holiday. There is a federal holiday Monday, but it’s called “Washington’s Birthday.” It’s right there in the Office of Personnel Management’s list of federal days off for 2015. If you click through and look, you’ll notice it has an asterisk, which leads to a note of explanation.
“This holiday is designated as ‘Washington’s Birthday’ in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees,” writes OPM. “Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.”
States and localities do what they want, and some have voted to make this “Presidents Day” in their environs. Others have not. Some states always vote to recognize favorite-son presidents. There’s a Lyndon Baines Johnson Day in Texas. It’s Aug. 27, LBJ’s actual birthday.
Wonder if Illinois will make Aug. 4 a state holiday. Maybe they can ask Hawaii for a copy of the birth certificate, just to be sure.