Source:The White House (Washington DC)
Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2020
US President, Donald Trump, released an Executive Order declaring December 24, 2020, as a federal holiday "all executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Thursday, 24 December 2020, the day before Christmas Day", as he did in 2018 and 2019.
Over the years (2014-12-08 and 2008-12-15), various US Presidents have declared one-off federal sector holidays so that federal civil servants get a 4-day Christmas break.
President Barak Obama, released an Executive Order indicating that "All executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Friday, December 26, 2014, the day after Christmas Day".
President George W. Bush declared December 24 a public holiday for federal civil servants in 2001, 2002, and 2007, while December 26 was declared so in 2003 and 2008. President Obama, for his part, declared December 24 as a public holiday for federal civil servants in 2009 and 2012.
When Christmas fell on a Friday, Presidents Obama and Clinton usually only declared the afternoon of Thursday, December 24 as a US federal holiday.
Though not strictly related, President George W. Bush also decreed a day of national mourning on Tuesday January 2, in homage to former President Gerald Ford, to be observed as a federal holiday (2006-12-29).
Note that the aforementioned day in lieu or bridge public holidays only applies to federal civil servants, excluding the armed forces, meaning that this applies to slightly less than a million employees (2020-12-08).
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