SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The Embassy of the United States of America in Manila and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Monday, February 15, 2016, in observance of Presidents’ Day, an American holiday.

According to a statement from its public affairs office sent to media outlets, the Embassy and its affiliated offices nationwide will resume services on Tuesday, February 16.

The Embassy said that 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, called as the Presidents’ Day, would be observed on the third Monday in February. JUN ELIAS/