Feb 17, 2017
Carl Pelletier

Town Hall Offices Closed - Monday, February 20

Town Hall Offices will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of Presidents' Day a.k.a. George Washington's birthday.

 

The regularly scheduled Town Council meetings in the Town Hall will be held on Tuesday, February 21st.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
3:00pm - Town Council Workshop
6:00pm - Town Council Evening Meeting
(Town Hall - 150 E. Pearl)

The meetings will be streamed live, on-line and can be watched on the Town of Jackson's website:www.townofjackson.com/government/watch-meeting

The agenda for both meetings can be found both on the Town of Jackson website: www.townofjackson.com/agendas/

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
3:00 - Special Joint Information Meeting to Discuss SPET
(County Administration Building - 200 S. Willow)

The meeting will be streamed live, on-line at: http://www.tetonwyo.org/From this site you can click on "MEETINGS" in the upper left hand corner and then click on Special Joint Information Meeting with the Town Council on 2/13/2017 and then click on the Live Stream option.

Or click on the following link to take you directly there:www.tetonwyo.org/…/topi…/county-video-streaming-page/254509/

HISTORY OF THE HOLIDAY 
"The holiday now colloquially referred to as Presidents’ Day is actually officially known as Washington’s Birthday. It began in 1879 by an act of Congress for government offices in the District of Columbia. By 1885, it was expanded to include all federal offices, and state governments soon joined in on making the day a holiday.

Since this was the first federal holiday to honor any U.S. president, the holiday was celebrated on George Washington’s birthday, January 22nd.

The holiday changed dates, however, in the early 1970s as a part of the Uniform Holiday Monday Act. This change, led by a coalition of travel organizations, was designed to give federal workers certain holidays on Mondays to create a number of long weekends throughout the year.

As a result of the date change, the name Washington’s Birthday became a misnomer since the law now placed the holiday on the Monday between February 15 and 21, yet Washington’s Birthday is the 22nd. There were some who led a charge to officially change the name of the holiday to Presidents’ Day, in honor of both Lincoln and Washington, both of whom have birthdays in February, but Congress rejected the proposal.

Despite this, there is a widespread belief that the day has been officially renamed, a belief that is only reinforced by all of the advertising surrounding Presidents’ Day Weekend and by looking at a calendar to see that Washington’s Birthday can never actually coincide with the holiday.

While the name may not be officially changed, Presidents’ Day is extremely common and a completely acceptable way to refer to the holiday, and to many state governments, the holiday is officially known as Presidents’ Day."

source: www.writingexplained.org

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