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It is the third Monday in February, which means it’s Presidents Day, also known as the way the United States honors and pays tribute to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Did you know 25 Presidents have visited Newport, RI before, during or after they served as President? It’s true, read more about it here – The 25 U.S. Presidents That Have Visited Newport, RI Since 1781.

Looking for something to do today or this week? Check out 10 Great Things To Do This Week In Newport (Feb. 15 – 19).

Here’s a guide to getting through your Monday:

Local and Federal government offices will be closed today.

Rhode Island State offices are open today.

[contextly_auto_sidebar]  The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail and the post office will be closed.

All schools and libraries are closed today.

Most banks will be closed today.

Financial and stock markets will be closed.

All federal, state and local courts will be closed.

If you live in Newport and Middletown, you’re on your regular trash & recycling schedule.

If you live in Tiverton, there’s no trash & recycling collection today. Collections will be delayed one day for the rest of the week.

RIPTA will be operating on its regular schedule.

Enjoy Your Presidents Day In Newport!

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.