President’s Day — it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for the entire year! Okay, that might be stretching it a bit, but many of us do get a day off for the occasion, and for good reason. President’s Day is a day that can be filled with festivity, patriotism, and pride. A day where (some of us) are given the day off to reflect on the incredible leaders and presidents who’ve served our nation and made it great. From Washington to Biden, our presidents have been a beacon of hope and courage throughout our nation’s history. President’s Day provides us with the chance to celebrate the legacy of these great individuals and honor their contributions to our democracy.
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1. Visit a Historic Site
The country is filled with history, and chances are that you are a stone’s throw away from a historical landmark, monument, or place. A great way to celebrate President’s Day is by visiting a historic site and learning about the iconic history that shaped our nation. Whether it’s George Washington’s estate in Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, or the Ronald Reagan Library in Southern California, there are tons of sites you can visit to get your fill on presidential history. A quick search of presidents’ birthplaces or historical landmarks near your city or zip code will deliver any number of results.
2. Check Out a Museum
Celebrating President’s Day doesn’t only have to be centered around presidents. In fact, the day should be a reminder of all of the great resources we have in our country — like museums. In the United States, there is a museum in pretty much every major city. There are countless art, science, history, and cultural museums across the country that provide an array of exhibits and activities for visitors. A day spent at a museum can be perfect for learning about our nation’s unique past and present and help us mold what we value for future generations.
3. Do a Patriotic Craft
Any major holiday deserves a special craft to go along with it, and President’s Day is no exception. Making crafts with kids is a great way to keep them entertained and help them learn more about the holiday. There are lots of patriotic craft ideas you can do with children, such as making American flags out of construction paper or creating a replica of The White House from popsicle sticks. There’s also the go-to portrait of a Founding Father like George Washington and using cotton balls for the fancy hair. The sky is the limit when it comes to patriotic crafts!
4. Read a Presidential Biography
The United States presidents have led fascinating lives, and pretty much every president has an incredible biography written about them. Choose your favorite president, and get to know them a little better — or, better yet, read up on a president that you don’t know that much about or one of the presidents that you don’t particularly like. Reading a presidential biography is a great way to learn more about our leaders and their accomplishments, as well as help us form our own educated opinion about them.
5. Attend a Parade or Fireworks Show
President’s Day is often celebrated with parades and fireworks shows held in many major cities around the country. Whether it’s a parade commemorating one or more great presidents or a fireworks show that celebrates America’s independence, attending one of these events is a great way to get in the spirit of President’s Day and appreciate our nation’s rich history. If you can’t make it out to an event, hop on the internet and look up a live stream of the parade — there’s no better way to celebrate President’s Day than by honoring our leaders.
6. Have a Presidential-Themed Dinner Party
Food is always a great way to commemorate any holiday, so why not have a presidential-themed dinner party? Have everyone dress up as their favorite president or first lady — or assign your dinner guest a specific president and have them research some fun facts to share — and create a fun menu of dishes that presidents have enjoyed over the years. You can make your dinner party a potluck, and everyone can bring their favorite presidential-inspired dish to enjoy. It’s a great way to honor President’s Day and get everyone involved in the celebration.
7. Create Your Own Presidential Film Festival
With all of the movies that have been made over the years about presidents, consider creating your own presidential film festival. Choose two or three movies about presidents that you’ve never seen before (or wouldn’t mind rewatching) and invite friends to watch them with you. You can even pick a genre of film that centers around presidents, like political thrillers or biopics. It’s a fun and entertaining way to honor the holiday while still enjoying some good movies.
8. Write a Thank You Letter
President’s Day doesn’t just have to be about former presidents. We can celebrate the current president as well, and one unique and creative way to celebrate presidents day is to write a thank you note to the current president to say thank you for all of the hard work they are doing on behalf of the nation. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like, but either way, it’s a great way to show your appreciation and gratitude for all that they do.
9. Host a Presidential Trivia Night
Everybody loves trivia! And everyone seems to know their fair share of trivia about presidents. One fun way to celebrate President’s Day is to host a presidential trivia night. Gather some friends and family, break into teams, and see who can answer the most questions about presidents. You could even give out prizes to the winners! There is plenty of presidential trivia to choose from with a broad range of challenging topics. It’s a fun way to test your knowledge of presidents while having a great time with friends and family.
10. Wear Red, White, and Blue
Nothing shows your patriotism more than wearing the classic red, white, and blue. Celebrate President’s Day by donning your favorite stars and stripes apparel or accessories. You can even make President’s Day a fashion statement with a patriotic shirt or hat! Wearing red, white, and blue is an easy way to show your appreciation for our nation’s presidents on this special day. And best of all, you can get the entire family to participate and join in the fun!
Plan Your President’s Day Today
Now let’s get creative and plan the perfect President’s Day celebration! Whether you’re hosting a dinner or a trivia night or reading up on the accomplishments of our past presidents, the possibilities for celebrating President’s Day are endless. No matter how we choose to celebrate President’s Day, let’s make sure that we take the time to recognize the invaluable contributions of our nation’s leaders and honor their legacies today and always. So gather your friends and family, don your red, white, and blue apparel, and get ready to celebrate all of the presidents who have served this great nation over the years!
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