On Friday, the city of Biloxi, Mississippi tweeted that city offices would be closed on Monday.
But it wasn't for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It was for "Great Americans Day," NBC News reports. (The tweets and Facebook posts have since been deleted.)
Mayor Andrew Gilich said the renamed holiday dated back to a 1985 city ordinance to "honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as other great Americans who have made important contributions to the birth, growth and evolution of the country."
In my opinion, that is the appropriate step to take, for the holiday to have the same name as the federal holiday.
Gilich said he believed the ordinance was out of date.
Mississippi, as well as Alabama and Arkansas, also celebrates Robert E. Lee Day on the same day as MLK Day. Lee was a Confederate general during the Civil War.
WATCH | City public affairs manager Vincent Creel, in a CNN interview, deflected when asked if Gen. Lee was a "great American."
WATCH | Creel also said the renaming was the brainchild of a black city council member.
WATCH | Creel said, "We're going to call it MLK Day," but did not say if the ordinance would be changed.
The original announcement tweet was met with swift corrections.
Sure, Biloxi, let's celebrate MLK's birthday & Robert E. Lee's on the same day & also remember George III's coronation on the 4th of July.— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) January 14, 2017
Others pointed out other coincidences of holiday timing.
From Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich: "As far as I'm concerned, it's called 'Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.'"— City of Biloxi (@CityofBiloxi) January 14, 2017
Gilich responded, saying he personally preferred MLK Day.
But observers found Biloxi was not alone.