George Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents’ Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the USA’s first president.
About Presidents Day
George Washington was the first president of the United States of America. He served two terms as president: 1789-1793 and 1793-1797. Before becoming president, he played an important role in the military, leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783. Washington is often seen as the father of the United States.
The likeness and name of George Washington can be seen in many places in the United States. There is the portrait of him and three other American presidents (Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt) carved into Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. His image is also used on the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. Many places are named after him as well like the capital of the United States, Washington D.C., Washington State and at least three universities.
Washington’s Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. and was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington’s birth, on February 22. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.
Presidents Day Activities
1. Learn About Our National Currency – Take a look at our coins and paper bills. Can you identify the figures on each one? Are they all presidents? What significance did each person have that might have earned them their place on our currency?
2. Make A Presidents Day Book – Print out coloring sheet head shots of all the presidents (or pick a few major ones you would like to cover). Have your kids color the photos and then write some major facts about each president on the back.
3. Do a President Scavenger Hunt – Use the Internet to find places and things in the United States that are named after our presidents.