January 2 Is Official Federal New Year Holiday … Government Offices Closed, Schools Open, Bowl Games

rose-parade-1Don’t expect to see the mail today. Or to do any banking transactions. If you’re out of booze, too bad — Virginia’s ABC stores are closed as are federal, state, and local government offices. And the financial markets are closed as well.

Since New Year’s Day fell on Sunday, the official observation is today, Monday, January 2, 2017.

That is, unless you are a public school teacher. Many school systems in Virginia are open today, either fully operational with students, or as in the case of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Staunton, a teacher work day. Their Christmas-winter break is over.

What those teachers and students will miss today is the annual Rose Parade from Pasadena, California, at 11:00 a.m. eastern time.

The parade will be followed with a day of college football on ESPN beginning with the Cotton Bowl at 1:00 from Arlington, Texas, between Western Michigan and Wisconsin; the Rose Bowl at 5:00 from Pasadena between USC and Penn State; and the Sugar Bowl at 8:30 from New Orleans between Auburn and Oklahoma.

Enjoy your holiday! Tomorrow the real world waits.

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