Presidents’ Day in New York
Presidents’ Day honours all of the past and present presidents of the United States. The day is celebrated on the third Monday in February around the birthday of the first president of America, George Washington. Read below to learn for more about Presidents’ Day.
George Washington was the first president of the United States. He was the president from 1789 to 1797, he governed two terms. Before he became president, he played key roles in the army and lead the American Continental Army to victory in 1783. Washington is sometimes seen as the father of the United States and he is probably the most famous American politician. Washington D.C. and Washington State are named after George Washington. Washington is also on the one dollar bill and quarter coin.
What is Presidents’ Day?
Presidents’ Day is officially the day that the life and work of George Washington is honoured, but nowadays, it also celebrates the other presidents who have governed in the United States.
When is Presidents’ Day?
Even though George Washington’s birthday was on February 22nd, Presidents’ Day falls every year on the third Monday of February. In 2020, Presidents’ Day falls on Monday, February 17th. Because Presidents’ Day falls on Monday, the weekend before Presidents’ Day is called Presidents’ Day Weekend.
What can you expect during Presidents’ Day?
There are many activities organised for Presidents’ Day Weekend. Because children in New York are off on school holidays, there are many activities especially for children. Intrepid Museum has a Kids Week, on Saturday and Sunday there are many fun things to do in the museum. You can also visit MoMA or the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Presidents’ Day is a popular day to start the season sales for many stores. Most organisations are open for business as usual, although the stock exchanges are closed. The Financial District is very quiet at this time.
Furthermore, Presidents’ Day is a good day to visit attractions, they are all open as usual, though they may be a little busier. Visit the Empire State Building, for example, or perhaps take a trip to the Statue of Liberty.