Presidents’ Day holiday Monday: Closings and sales
This Monday is both a local and federal holiday — Presidents’ Day. All local government offices will be closed and those required to work will be paid in accordance with local laws and regulations.
Also closed Monday is the U.S. Post Office in Fagatogo, along with the two local banks as well as other businesses, although other companies will open for regular business hours.
Presidents’ Day is an annual American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. However, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present, according to history.com website.
While there are no official local events to celebrate this holiday, many residents will be out at the beach or staying home to enjoy time with family or yard cleaning.
On the other hand, Fagaalu Park and Vailoatai village will be crowded with cricket players and spectators for the ongoing 2014 Flag Day Cricket Tournament.
Some local stores are holding special sales. Check Saturday's print edition of Samoa News for various advertisements on the specials.
There is also a reminder from Public Safety for motorists “to be safe and don’t drink and drive” — police patrols will be increased over the weekend, and if you are arrested, you will be in jail until Tuesday, Feb. 18th, when the courts will convene once again.
In observance of Presidents Day, Samoa News will not publish on Monday but will return Tuesday. Have a safe holiday American Samoa.