Connecticut state government and some other states close state offices in observance of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, but hardly any other government or organization does.
Lincoln, the Great Emancipator and 16th president of the United States, was born on Feb. 12, 1809 (205 years ago).
Here's what's open and what's closed for Lincoln's Birthday:
State of Connecticut offices, including:
- Connecticut Lottery offices
- Wednesday, Feb. 12 – CLOSED for Lincoln’s Birthday
- Thursday, Feb. 13 – 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 14 – 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (early closure for Washington’s Birthday)
- Saturday, Feb. 15 – CLOSED (Washington’s Birthday)
- Monday, Feb. 17 -- CLOSED (as they normally are)
Nearly everything else, including:
- Local government offices (with exceptions -- Bethel, for instance, is closed on Wednesday)
- Libraries: Some open, some closed (Be sure to call ahead or check your library's website)
- Public schools (although some are on winter break this week)
Banks, under Connecticut law, are allowed to remain open on a holiday if they notify their customers beforehand by posting information in their lobby or office. In practice, all or nearly all banks in the state are open for Lincoln's Birthday, including TD Bank, Bank of America and People's United Bank.Correction: This article originally said state Department of Motor Vehicles offices would be closed Friday. They'll be open. Added information about their singular schedule has been added to this article.