Presidents Day Events Roundup

February 10, 2010, 8:44 am

With an extended weekend fast approaching, there's still plenty of time to plan a last minute adventure if you don't have plans. National Parks rarely close and are great vacation destinations year-round. The events listed below represent a small sample of those taking place across the country Feb. 13- 15 in recognition of Presidents Day.

President’s Park (White House), Washington D.C.

What better way is there to celebrate Presidents Day then by taking a trip to the White House? On Monday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. visitors can enjoy free National Park Service led programs including games, crafts and theatrical performances. Visitors can test their knowledge of White House history in a game of “Who Wants to be President,”  “chat” with Abraham Lincoln about his decision to preserve the Union during the Civil War or design their own White House China for the next state dinner. For current tour information please call (202) 456-7041.

Yosemite National Park, CA

Draped in winter snow, Yosemite National Park offers a diversity of activities both inside and outside this winter break. During Presidents Day weekend, join park staff at the annual Winter Family Celebration. Visit Yosemite Lodge to participate in crafts and interpretive programs that celebrate the park's history (the initial land grant was made possible by Abraham Lincoln).

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, Mount Vernon, VA

Celebrate George Washington’s 278th birthday at his home in Virginia. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens is offering a special weekend of events, and admission on Monday is free. Presidents Day is a great time to explore the 500-acre estate and learn more about the life of America's first president.

Valley Forge National Historic Park, King of Prussia, PA

Celebrate Washington's Birthday at this famous Revolutionary War park that was instrumental in turning the tide to of the war. On February 15, visitors can meet actors portraying Martha Washington and General George Washington at the visitors center, while listening to period music performed by the Colonial Revelers. Children will be able to make their own tri-corner hats, design birthday cards or enlist in the Continental Army and follow Washington as he leads troop drills. Mrs. Washington will serve birthday cake to replenish the "troops" after their hard work. All these events are free and open to the public.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce, UT

Each year during Presidents Day weekend, Bryce Canyon National Park holds its Winter Festival. Visit the park to cross country ski, take snowshoe tours, participate in photography clinics and build snow sculptures. There are a wide variety of events geared specifically to kids.

Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C.

The Ford’s Theatre Society and National Park Service are teaming up to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday with a weekend full of special programming. Listen to youth perform a variety of Lincoln’s speeches, or watch as park rangers commemorate Lincoln’s birthday by placing a wreath on the steps of the theater. There are several interpretive events that will take visitors through the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Oyster Bay, NY

Located on the North Shore of Long Island, this historical parks was Teddy Roosevelt's home until his death in 1919. This impressive building will be offering a variety of events Presidents Day weekend including, guided nature walks, visits with Teddy Roosevelt himself and readings by author Leslie Kimmelman who will share her book Mind Your Manners about Alice Roosevelt, the president's oldest daughter.

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

On Friday February 12 at noon, visit the Lincoln Memorial for a presidential wreath laying ceremony and a dramatic reading of the Gettysburg Address. Come reflect on the sacrifices we've made both personally and as a country to further the principals of this famous speech.

Discover our Shared Heritage

This guide, complied by the National Park Service is the perfect way to celebrate Presidents Day. Celebrate our country’s rich heritage by visiting one of the presidential historic sites listed here. Many of these sites offer special programming throughout Presidents Day weekend.