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President’s Day: What’s Open, What’s Closed

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images

President’s Day is one of those days I completely forget about. It is a federal holiday, but not states are not required to observe it. They can decide on a local level if they want to close for business or remain open. In Louisiana, most statewide offices adhere to the federal guidance on this one.

According to InfoPlease.com, the federal government refers to the holiday observed on the third Monday in February is officially Washington’s Birthday. But many Americans believe that this holiday is now called “Presidents’ Day,” in honor of both Presidents Washington and Lincoln, whose birthdays are Feb. 22 and Feb. 12, respectively. It turns out that whether you honor one or the other or both of these presidents may depend on where you live.

Banks: Individual banks may have special hours, but most are closed

Federal offices: Closed

Parish offices: Closed

State offices: Closed

Post offices: Closed

Lafayette Transit System: Running a normal route, with the exception the parade route. Things may be delayed according to ridelts.com:

Due to Mardi Gras activities this time of year, Routes and times especially in the area of downtown and Cajundome are subject to rerouting and delays. All routes will run as close as possible to the schedules time. No Routes are being cancelled at this time.

Schools: Open. Classes are held today at UL Lafayette and SLCC

Trash service and city hall operations: Trash pickup services and city hall services vary between communities. Contact your city hall to double check.

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