2020 Bank Holidays
All Farmers State Bank locations (not including ATMs) will be closed on the following days:
|Wednesday, January 1||New Year’s Day|
|Monday, January 20||Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Monday, February 17||Washington’s Birthday|
|Monday, May 25||Memorial Day|
|Saturday, July 4||Independence Day|
|Monday, September 7||Labor Day|
|Monday, October 12||Columbus Day|
|Wednesday, November 11||Veterans Day|
|Thursday, November 26||Thanksgiving Day|
|Friday, December 25||Christmas Day|
New Year’s Day
January 1 marks the end of the previous year and the beginning of the New Year. The event is often celebrated with fireworks at midnight on December 31. It is also customary to make New Year’s resolutions on this day. New Year’s Eve is the time to bid farewell to the worries of the past year and New Year’s Day is the time to look toward the future.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Each year on the third Monday of January Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This holiday honors Dr. King’s work towards nonviolent social change in America and the world. This day symbolizes our nation’s commitment to a democratic society based on the principles of freedom, justice and equality for all people.
Washington’s Birthday/President's Day
George Washington has always been a towering figure of American history. The observance of Washington’s Birthday was made official in 1885 when President Chester Alan Arthur signed a bill to establish as a federal holiday. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed and closed federal holidays to designated Mondays instead of the fixed calendar date. So, even though the bank will be closed on President’s Day, we will be officially celebrating Washington’s Birthday.
Memorial Day was first established in 1868 to honor fallen soldiers from the Civil War. The holiday was not recognized by the southern states until after World War I. In 2000, a National Moment of Remembrance was passed, which asked Americans to take a moment of silence to remember, honor and respect those who had fallen in war bravely serving our country.
On July 4, 1776, a five-man committee designated by the Continental Congress adopted a document written by Thomas Jefferson – the Declaration of Independence. The President of the Continental Congress, John Hancock, then signed the document. The Declaration of Independence is a symbol of America’s independence from Great Britain and a promise to adhere to a certain group of ideals. Independence Day is a celebration of the birth of America.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Labor Day originated in 1882 as part of the labor movement. The day was originally to honor the efforts of the average working man. President Grover Cleveland instated the day as a national holiday. Traditionally, factory workers celebrated the day, but in recent years the holiday has been expanded to include the traditional factory workers, government workers, educators and other working people who have contributed to the success of this nation.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered the existence of the New World for Europeans, who up to that point, believe the world was flat and ended somewhere in the Atlantic. Columbus originally set sail Aug. 3, 1492, with three ships, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. Due to ship trouble, the explorers had to stop in the Canary Islands for a month. The ships left there Sept. 3, 1492. When the ships landed in “America” they had not landed in the mainland, but on an island in the Caribbean. Historians agree that Columbus was not the first to discover the New World; however, he was the first European to do so.
Veterans Day, formally known as Armistice Day, was originally set to honor the end of World War I, which took place on Nov. 11, 1918. In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the veterans’ service organization urged the 83rd U.S. Congress to amend the act by changing the name, Armistice Day, to Veterans Day to honor all American veterans. Veterans Day should not be confused with Memorial Day, which honors service members who have died in service to this country. While fallen soldiers are remember on Veterans Day, it is also a time to honor living veterans and thank them for their service to this country.
In the United States, Thanksgiving can be traced back to November 1723. In that year, the Pilgrim Colony’s Governor William Bradford told the people to gather all the harvest crops and be thankful for the blessings of the Lord. In January 1759, U.S. President George Washington wrote a National Thanksgiving Proclamation where he stressed how important it was to thank God for the blessings he has bestowed throughout the year. Washington chose February 18, 1795, as National Thanksgiving Day. Later, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the National Day of Thanksgiving would be celebrated every year on October 3. In 1941, in response to the residual effects of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt moved the celebration to the fourth Thursday of November.
To members of the Christian faith, Christmas and Easter are two of the most important days of the year. One celebrates the birth of Christ and the other honors his death and resurrection. While the exact date of Christ’s birth is not known, throughout history December 25 has been the day to celebrate the event. Christmas has also become a very secular celebration. It is celebrated as a day to be with family, feast, remember the year past, give gifts and watch football.