What’s open and what’s closed in Birmingham on Presidents Day, Feb. 17, 2020

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Presidents Day a.k.a an excuse to explore the Magic City. Photo via timeanddate.com

Presidents Day is this Monday, February 17. It’s officially called “Washington’s Birthday” to commemorate George Washington, the first U.S. president. So, how does this impact your Monday in Birmingham?  Keep reading to find out.

Presidents Day

In case you were wondering, Washington’s birthday is actually Feb. 22, 1732.  In 1968 the Uniform Holiday Bill passed and now it’s celebrated the third Monday in February. Because it is a federal holiday, some businesses will be closed.  Bham Now is here to help you navigate what’s open and closed this President’s Day in Birmingham:

City, county offices

Jefferson County offices are closed. Contact your county office for closure info.

Federal and state offices

All are closed for the holiday.

Mail

Need to drop off a package or ship something this week? The U.S. Postal Service will be closed Monday, but UPS and FedEx are open.

Banks

It depends on what bank you use, but most are closed. Make sure to call ahead or check online before you make that drive.

Courts

All courts are closed—federally, statewide and locally.

Schools

Students at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve by their “Magic City School bus. Photo courtesy of Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College

Most public and private schools are closed. So here’s the perfect time to explore Birmingham. Have you checked out the Birmingham Zoo since its renovations? They’re having a hands-on learning camp from 8:30AM-3:30PM. How about checking out that new restaurant you’ve been dying to try? 

Shopping

Presidents Day sales are in full swing, so start planning the shopping spree. Stop by the Riverchase Galleria, The Summit or the Outlet Shops of Grand River to take advantage of discounts.

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Birmingham, AL. Photo via @jabphoto on Instagram

If you’re off work or out of school Monday, enjoy the long weekend! Hopefully the sun’s shining and you can explore the great outdoors. If that’s not your speed, catch up on interesting reads like the most iconic times presidents visited the Magic City or how the conception of Black History Month is connected to Presidents Day!

What are your plans for Presidents Day? Let us know on social @BhamNow!


  • Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.