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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Presidents Day Closure Information

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Monday, February 17, is Presidents Day. Signal Hill City Hall, the Signal Hill Public Library (including the Community Services Department), and the Signal Hill City Yard will be closed for the holiday.

There will be no change in residential trash & recycling pickup. Street sweeping will also occur as scheduled.

Presidents Day is federally called Washington’s Birthday. What makes this holiday unique (and confusing) is that there is no universal agreement on the actual name of the holiday. The State of California officially calls it "The third Monday in February". 

It was first celebrated as a federal holiday in the 1880’s as Washington’s Birthday. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. This changed the date of the Washington’s Birthday holiday, so that it would never be celebrated on George Washington’s actual birthday. During debate on the bill, it was proposed that Washington’s Birthday be renamed Presidents’ Day to honor the birthdays of both George Washington (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12). Congress eventually rejected the name change. However, Presidents’ Day is still the widely accepted name, due in part to retailers’ use of that name to promote sales, and the holiday’s proximity to Lincoln’s birthday. It is now viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present. 

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