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Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills near Keystone, South Dakota, United States.

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U.S. Embassy closed on President's Day holiday



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Published on Monday, February 19, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff




Presidents Day, the third Monday of February, is popularly recognized as honoring the birth month of two of the United States' most prominent presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.


Monday’s holiday is now a celebration of the birthdays and lives of all U.S. presidents.


The U.S. Embassy and Consular Section will remain closed today in observance of this holiday. The diplomatic headquarters will reopen to the public on Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Presidents Day is usually marked by public ceremonies in Washington D.C. and throughout the country. While many government offices will be closed, many businesses offer special holiday sales.


The origin of Presidents Day lies in the 1880s, when the birthday of Washington, the first president of the United States and commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, was first celebrated as a federal holiday.


At the time, Washington was venerated as the most important figure in American history. Many events such as the 1832 centennial of his birth and the start of construction of the Washington Monument in 1848 were cause for national celebration.



In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved several federal holidays to Mondays. The change was intended to schedule certain holidays so that employees would have long weekends throughout the year, but it has been opposed by those who believe that those holidays should be celebrated on the dates they commemorate.

During the debate on the bill, it was suggested that Washington's Birthday holiday be renamed Presidents Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington (Feb. 22) and Lincoln (Feb. 12). Although Lincoln's birthday was celebrated in many states, it was never an official federal holiday. Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change.

After the bill went into effect in 1971, Presidents Day became the commonly acknowledged name, due in part to retailers' use of that name to promote sales and the holiday's proximity to Lincoln's birthday.

One of the most important places built to honor former presidents is the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which is a national memorial centered on a colossal sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills near Keystone, South Dakota, United States.

The sculptor Gutzon Borglum created the sculpture's design and oversaw the project's execution from 1927 to 1941, features the 60-foot-tall heads of four of the United States Presidents: George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865).

 

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