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What's open and what's closed in Massachusetts on Presidents Day

Mount Rushmore National Memorial depicting U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)
Mount Rushmore National Memorial depicting U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)

Federal law enshrined each third Monday of February Presidents Day, in honor of George Washington's birthday. (His actual date of birthday was Feb. 22, 1732.)  Though the nation's first president holds a special place in history, Americans observe the holiday as an opportunity to celebrate all 45 people who have held the high office.

That doesn't mean the president actually gets the day off, of course. After all, Biden is expected to deliver the annual Presidents Day speech. But most everyone else in government gets to close shop. And the holiday spirit extends to other places and businesses, like the stock market, so your trading will have to wait.

With government offices closed, expect a good number of locked doors and dark storefronts on Feb. 21, but there won't be complete disruption. Check out this list of what will be open or closed on Presidents Day:

Federal offices: Closed.

Federal courts: Closed.

Post offices: Closed.

State offices: Closed.

Registry of Motor Vehicles: Closed.

State courts: Closed.

Municipal offices: Closed.

Public schools: Closed.

Libraries: Closed.

Trash pickup: In Boston, neighborhoods with two trash days will have a normal collection; neighborhoods with one trash day will see delays; South Boston will have a normal collection. Check with your local government or provider for more information.

Banks: Closed. The Massachusetts Bankers Association confirmed that most banks will be closed, but advise you to check with your local branch regarding holiday hours and mobile banking and ATM availability.

Stock market: Closed.

Retail locations: Closed.

Liquor stores: Open.

Supermarkets: Open.

MBTA: Nearly all lines and modes of transit will follow a modified schedule as outlined here:

  • The subway and The RIDE paratransit services: Saturday schedule
  • Ferry: weekday schedule
  • Commuter rail: weekend schedule
  • Bus Route 7: increased frequency in the morning and afternoon
  • Bus Route 501: morning and afternoon service
  • Bus Route 504: weekday schedule
  • Bus Route 354: weekday schedule
  • Silver Line bus: weekday schedule
  • All other buses will follow a Saturday schedule.
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