The Law Library will be closed Monday, February 21, 2022, in observance of Presidents’ Day. Our Downtown Location will re-open Tuesday, February 22, by appointment only. The San Diego Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California will also be closed Monday.
While the Library is closed, you can still access many of our online resources. You can start with our Self-Help Center or the research and motion guides on our website. They cover dozens of legal topics. Also, you can read self-help legal books from Nolo Legal Research Center and research case law using Fastcase at any time from the electronic resources page.
Presidents’ Day has an interesting history. Originally, George Washington’s birthday, February 22, was a federal holiday no matter when it fell during the week. In fact, the federal government still lists the holiday as Washington’s Birthday.
But, in 1971, as part of the Uniform Holiday Act, the holiday was shifted to the 3rd Monday of February, in order to always create a three-day weekend and boost retail sales. The holiday was designed to incorporate both Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday (Feb. 12) and George Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22). However, the federal government still refers to the holiday as Washington’s Birthday, while the state of California (and most mattress companies) refer to the holiday as Presidents’ Day.
The question is, which presidents are celebrated during the holiday? Is it for just George Washington, Washington and Lincoln, or is it for ALL presidents?
There are actually four former U.S. Presidents that have February birthdays. The other two are William Henry Harrison (Feb. 9, 1773) and Ronald Reagan (Feb. 6, 1911).
Fun fact: The Presidents’ Day holiday will never fall on any of the birthdays of the four presidents born in February.