Fairfax County government schedule for Feb. 18.
Saturday, February 16
Monday, Feb. 18 is Presidents' Day and many offices in Fairfax County — including schools — will be closed. The day is intended to honor all U.S. presidents but most significantly President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Here's a list of what's open and what's closed that we've compiled from the county: County Government – Closed. Courts – Closed. Public Schools and School Offices – Closed. Library – Closed. Fairfax Connector – Routes with weekday service operate according to the weekday schedule except routes 335, 394, 395, 585, 595, and 597, which will not operate. These routes do not operate when a holiday weekday schedule is in effect. Fastran – Not in service. Park Authority – RECenters open on regular schedules. …
History, folklore and family friendly activities for Monday, Feb. 20, 2012.
What are we celebrating today? Both February 12 and February 22 were once observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22). In 1971 the holidays were combined for the third Monday of February -- to honor all past U.S. presidents. Virginia, however, continues to recognize the third Monday in February as George Washington Day, due to his residence in the Commonwealth. Folklore Though Washington's birthday has long been celebrated on February 22, he was actually born on February 11, 1731. "During Washington's lifetime, people in Great Britain and America switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar," reports The Old Farmer's Almanac. That made the …