Fun fact: Up until 1971, both February 12 (Abraham Lincoln’s birthday) and February 22 (George Washington’s birthday) were observed as public holidays, but Prez Nixon nixed that and combined the two holidays into one. Ever since, we have honored all past presidents on the third Monday of February. This Presidents’ Day (Feb. 18) explore the totally fun, terrifically cool ways to get down with the Founding Fathers and all their successors. Party on POTUS!
Party at Mount Vernon
So much to do at GW’s house his bday weekend! Enjoy hoecakes made over the open fire. #PoseLikeThePrez in the Education Center Lobby, observe wreathlayings at the Tomb, and watch dancing demonstrations on the bowling green. Wander throughout the estate and listen to members of the Washington family tell stories and visit with George and Martha! Mount Vernon is even offering free admission on President’s Day itself (Monday, Feb.19).
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy. (Mount Vernon, Va)
Visit President Lincoln’s Cottage
Take this opportunity to visit #16’s cottage, one of D.C.’s must-see landmarks. Tucked away in Petworth, this is where the Great Emancipator drafted the Emancipation Proclamation as well as where he spent lots of his time during the Civil War. Tour this significant marvel near Rock Creek Park.
140 Rock Creek Church Rd., NW (Perworth)
Portrait Story Days: U.S. Presidents
On Feb.16 through Feb. 22, from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. head over to the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate the presidents. There will be live music, art activities, tours with historians, and (just maybe!) a special appearance by Washington Nationals’ Running Presidents.
750 Ninth St., NW
Port Discovery President’s Day Weekend Spectacular
Enjoy President’s Day Weekend (Feb. 16-18) at Port Discovery in Baltimore! Saturday will be Little Explorer’s Day: Space with Blast Off Circle Time and interactive art and science projects. On Sunday, move around with Jingle Jangle Music Time and work together to create art or science projects that you can take home. But whatever you do, don’t miss Monday’s dance party with DJ Holly and make patriotic hoop gliders to commemorate the day.
35 Market Pl. (Baltimore, Md)
George Washington Birthday Parade 2019 in Old Town
Head over to Old Town, Alexandria for the most energetic President’s Day event in the DMV. Over 95 years old, the GW Bday parade features bands, floats, wagons, horses, antique vehicles, historic reenactment units, youth groups, military units and drill teams, local organizations and special performances. The parade is from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, February 18th. Get there early and enjoy quaint, cobblestoney Old Town before taking on the parade. You can even add a quick visit to Mount Vernon, only a few miles up the road, before or after.
Gibbon St. at S. Fairfax St., to Wilkes St. at S. Royal St. (Alexandria, Va)
Ford’s Theater Day
Pay a visit to the infamous place where John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln. A national historic landmark, Ford’s Theater is one of the most visited sites in DC. You can take in a short talk by a National Park guide and learn the intriguing story of Abe’s ominous last moment even glimpsing the boxseat where he was sitting when he was killed. The Ford’s Theatre Museum displays exhibits about Lincoln’s life and explains the circumstances of his tragic death.
10th and E Sts., NW
—Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Guiomar Ochoa