So, what is the real holiday today?


PIERRE, SD (KELO) — Is the national and federal holiday today Presidents’ Day, as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem proclaimed in a tweet on his official Twitter account this morning? Or is it Presidents Day, as she said in the text of the same tweet? Or is it President’s Day, as the Governor proclaimed in a different tweet on his personal account four minutes earlier?

Additionally (or less), South Dakota state law does not mention the word “president” or “presidents” regarding today’s holidays.

State law only says the third Monday in February is “the anniversary of Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays.”

The Federal Office of Personnel Management, in its official 2022 holiday calendar, simply lists Monday, February 21 as “Washington’s Birthday**” and includes a footnote.

It says, “This holiday is designated as “Washington’s Birthday” in Section 6103(a) of Title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for federal employees. Although other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated by law.

Regardless, state and federal government offices are officially closed on Monday.

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