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Ask my wife about President’s Day and it hardly registers because the only job she has had in the US does not treat it as a paid holiday. Though when she got into the empty subway today she was not as sunny as the weather.
Many companies in New York recognize President’s Day. A number, particularly in finance, also recognize Martin Luther King, Jr Day.
Growing up in Minnesota I took it as given that President’s Day was a day off, while it seemed contradictory for my school to argue that we did not have MLK, Jr Day off because of the need to spend that day learning, in contrast to the one for presidents.
I meet Americans from other states that find it baffling to get President’s Day off. Citations on Wikipedia suggest the each of these holidays are observed by around 1/3 of US private employers.
The US has no public or statutory holidays. Federal holidays are a proxy for many private employers to follow, though not a legal requirement. Like much in the US system, power sits with states and often down to local jurisdictions. Much is up to private employers to determine their own approach.
I like the idea of a day to honor our history and civic duty, situated in the bleak tail of winter. It’s a great time of year for a getaway.
Readers, should President’s Day be a paid day off where you work?