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Is Today a Holiday?

Lacey government offices will be closed for Abraham Lincoln's birthday

Government offices in Lacey Township will be closed today but why?

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday—just one week before Presidents Day, the holiday introduced as George Washington’s Birthday in 1885 and now a day to celebrate all presidents.

While Presidents Day is recognized as a federal holiday, Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12) is not.

Lincoln Day is a public holiday in Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and New York but only some municipalities still observe it as one. Most states have absorbed Abe's birthday into Presidents Day.

According to Township Administrator Veronica Laureigh, the day off is a part of union negotiated contracts along with Presidents Day.

Some offices in Howell and Toms River will also be observing the holiday while Manchester and Barnegat do not.

So what’s open and what’s closed on this “holiday”?

  • The will be closed.
  • The will be closed.
  • There will be trash pick-up and curbside recycling.
  • Schools are open.
  • All branches of the will be operating on normal hours.
  • The is operating on normal hours.

Fun Facts about Lincoln and his birthday:

  • Since Abe's birthday is on Sunday, Feb. 12, the holiday will be observed on Monday, Feb. 13.
  • The day is also known as Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, Abraham Lincoln Day or Lincoln Day.
  • Some municipalities celebrate the day with re-enactments, concerts and birthday parties. Organizations such as the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum often plan large-scale events.
  • The day is traditionally recognized with a wreath-laying ceremony and reading of the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on Feb. 12.
  • Republican Party members often hold fundraisers on Lincoln Day since Abe is known as a the first president of the party.
  • Lincoln began his political career at the age of 23 in 1832 as a Whig Party Member. He became a member of the Republican Party in 1854 and became nationally recognized during the 1858 debates with Stephen Douglas in the race for US Senator.
  • Lincoln won the presidency in 1860 and held the position throughout the American Civil War. He is well known for his struggle to preserve the Union and the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Lincoln was one of four presidents to be assassinated—James A. Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, not long after the Confederacy surrendered.
  • Lincoln Day was first celebrated as a holiday in 1866, one year after his death.
john February 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM
This should be a regular thing on all holidays! One never knows what's open and not open on holidays anymore. I thank you for this article and keep up the great work reporting for our community!
Steve February 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM
And we wonder why Lacey township is having money problems...Oh let's give our employees "ANOTHER" paid holiday. Let me guess, The person who negotiated this on the "Township's" side gets the day off with pay too. One holiday or the other just like the other states and other townships in New Jersey do.. Wake up Lacey !
Helen February 13, 2012 at 05:22 PM
"union negotiated contract" - does the Twp. Committee represent the taxpayer or the union worker? The real world is in a recession -
johnny d February 13, 2012 at 06:04 PM
overtaxed youre saying that seniors getting a social security check arent feeling the recession? i am one of those taxpayers who paid into ss all my life and pretty soon i,ll be "getting my gubmint check" because i earned it.and bill you voted for every republican town committee member what did you think you were going to get when you voted that way? arent you old enough to be getting that check around now? and helen there is a thing called a contract. you have contracts with many institutions. dont believe me? then stop paying your mortgage or comcast bill.
johnny d February 13, 2012 at 09:10 PM
you said government check . isnt ss a govt check? and if you,ve been voting all these years for rude reid, parker , quinn and the rest of them that put this town in this hole you are part of the problem.
Chris February 14, 2012 at 02:20 PM
More concerning is the educational system; conveniently utilizing the negotiated day off for Lincoln’s Birthday Day the Friday prior to Presidents day, allowing for a four day weekend. How about celebrating the Holiday on the Holiday, encouraging, and educating, our youth to recognize the reasons for the original basis of the Holiday being celebrated.
Xavier February 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Comcast doesn't use contracts.
1stcav February 12, 2013 at 02:47 PM
It's another mall day for our children , and the stores in the mall ...love it !!!!
Robert Yates February 12, 2013 at 02:52 PM
How about we just eliminate president's day as a holiday? Other than Grover Cleveland; perhaps John Tyler and some of the early generation president, most of these guys were ego-maniacal loonies who slowly but surely destroyed the constitution of the US.
tiredofthehaters February 12, 2013 at 03:07 PM
How about all you whiners just get a grip. wow waaaaaaaahhhhhh
larry February 12, 2013 at 03:55 PM
The towns have had these holidays for decades. They would have to be negotiated in the union contract
jabe0312 February 12, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Well maybe it's time to cut down the holiday list??? How may of us in the private sector get any more than 6 holidays per year while our fat cat government employees still get 12-13???

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