Celebrated on the third Monday of February, Presidents’ Day (also known as Washington’s Birthday) is a time when we can honor the people who have previously served as leaders of our nation.
This year, the federal holiday falls on February 19 — and in honor of the occasion, plenty of events are taking place where you can learn about the history of the United States and hear stories about its intrepid commanders of chief. From a tour of President Roosevelt’s childhood home to dining at the same restaurant where President Lincoln used to eat, here are 10 quirky and patriotic activities unfolding around New York City:
1. Presidents’ Day National Parks Conservation Association Press Event
On February 17 at 1pm, the National Parks Conservation Association is holding a Presidents’ Day press conference that will take place on the steps of Federal Hall National Memorial. The goal of the event is to encourage Congress to pass the National Park Service Legacy Act, which would provide funding for crumbling park infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, trails, and historic buildings.
Stand on the same steps that George Washington did when he took his oath of office, and let your voice be heard by bringing along posters and signs. The event will also feature music by the Patriot Brass Band. While you’re there, make sure to also pay a visit to Federal Hall, which stands today as a museum with various displays and exhibitions. Best yet: admission is free.