MANILA, Philippines – The United States Embassy in Manila and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on February 16 (Monday), in observance of Presidents’ Day, an American holiday.
The embassy will resume services on Tuesday, February 17.
Until the mid-1970s, the February 22 birthday of George Washington, hero of the Revolutionary War and first president of the United States, was a national holiday.
In addition, the February 12 birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the president during the Civil War (1861-1865), was a holiday in most states.
In the 1970s, the U.S. Congress declared that in order to honor all past presidents of the United States, a single holiday, to be called Presidents’ Day, would be observed on the third Monday in February.