The second Monday of August is Victory Day, which Rhode Island state holiday. Victory Day, also known as V-J Day, marks the anniversary the Allies’ victory over Japan during World War II.
The holiday is not a recognized national holiday, so federal offices, including U.S. Postal Mail Service, will remain operational. Although the day was once a nationally recognized holiday, it was removed due to devastating end to the war.
Rhode Island retains the holiday in tribute to the number of sailors it lost in the Pacific front.
State and local government municipal offices–with the exception of town beaches and essential emergency services—will be closed.
Here's what's opened and closed in Middletown on Monday, Aug. 12, 2012:
Beaches: Open, but charging weekend parking rates.
RIPTA Bus Service: A limited holiday schedule is in effect.
Middletown Town Hall: closed, with no meetings held Monday.
Middletown's PAYT Trash & Recycling: The town's Pay-As-You-Throw program will have a one-day delay for trash and recycling collections this week.
Middletown Senior Center: closed
Middletown Public Library: closed
U.S. Post Office: open
Banks: vary, call your branch.
Stop & Shop: open Citizens Bank inside the grocery store is open from 11-3
Shaw’s Supermarket: open
Retail stores: Most corporate retail store chains are open, but it’s recommended to call ahead to the locally owned stores. Click here for Patch Directory listings.
Restaurants, Fast-Food and Pubs: Most establishments typically open on Mondays are open today, however some may have special holiday hours.
Do you have the day off? How should Rhode Islanders spend the day to honor those soliders lost in the war? Tell us in the comments!