Today is Presidents’ Day, a day to honor America’s commanders-in-chief past and present.
Congress originally implemented the federal holiday in 1879 as Washington’s Birthday. It was also the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen.
President’s Day is traditionally celebrated on the third Monday of February each year to coincide with Washington’s birth, February 22nd. Up until 1968, however, it was celebrated on the actual date of his birthday.
President Nixon later called the holiday “Presidents’ Day” as a way to honor all past presidents.
Many federal, state, and local government offices will be closed in observance of President’s Day. That includes U.S. post offices, along with some schools and libraries.
Salina area public transportation will have shortened hours on Monday in observation of Presidents’ Day. CityGo buses will run from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with no peak routes running. Regional paratransit, GoAbilene, and GoConcordia vehicles will run a reduced number of trips. 81 Connection and KanConnect will run normal schedules. Transportation services will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, February 20th.
On Monday City of Salina sanitation customers will have their waste collected as normal. The Salina Municipal Solid Waste Landfill will be open standard hours from 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Salina Household Hazardous Waste Facility, Salina Drive-thru Recycling Center and General Services Office will be closed in observance of the Holiday. All standard hours of operation for the hazardous waste facility and general services will resume Tuesday, and for the rectifying center Wednesday.
Salina City offices will be closed Monday. for the President’s Day holiday. Staff will return to the regular schedule Tuesday. Additionally, there will not be a City Commission meeting on Monday.