Celebrate Presidents Day Around Philly
Turn the holiday into a fun history lesson at one of these local events.
There are few better places to celebrate Presidents Day than the birthplace of our nation. The Philadelphia area is home to important moments for the Continental Army and the beginning of our government — both of which, of course, involved General-turned-President George Washington.
It’s no surprise, then that so many of our Presidents Day celebrations are really celebrations of Washington himself. But there are also opportunities to celebrate many other great leaders in our nation’s history — and in some cases, enjoy free museum admission while you’re at it! So if your kids have the day off, but you want to make sure the learning doesn’t stop, here are some great events taking place on Presidents Day weekend.
February 16 — February 18
101 S. Third St.
Visit the “Hamilton Was Here” exhibit and try on 1790s clothing to visit a recreated scene from George Washington’s first presidential home. To coincide with the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, get your own (temporary) Revolutionary tattoo of Washington’s star at the museum’s replica privateer ship.
On Sunday, February 17, you can have Breakfast with George Washington in the Museum’s Liberty Hall, which includes a meet-and-greet with a Washington historical interpreter, as well as a delicious breakfast buffet.
February 16 — 18
525 Arch St.
Throughout the weekend, the Constitution Center will host a variety of entertaining, educational programs for the whole family, including presidential trivia where visitors can test their knowledge of America’s 45 presidents, craft stations, story corners, and more.
The most action takes place on Monday, February 18, with free admission and a whole schedule of events. Children ages 12 and under are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite U.S. president or first lady to enter the center’s presidential costume contest, which will be judged by a panel of presidential re-enactors! Kids can also meet (and take pictures with) those presidents at a Town Hall, where they can ask questions of presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
February 16 — 18, 10 am — 5 pm
321 Chestnut St.
Learn how our nation’s leaders have shaped the past, present, and future of freedom. Look at the museum’s collection of authentic White House china, then exercise your creativity to make your own china pattern. On Monday, February 18, the museum will be offering pay-as-you-wish admission, and will have presidential trivia at 1 pm and 3 pm — test your knowledge and win prizes!
February 16 — 17, noon — 12:30 pm
317 Chestnut St.
Test your knowledge of presidents with this family-friendly trivia game.
February 18, 10 am — 5 pm
101 South Independence Mall East
Explore an original letter written by George Washington to the Jewish community promising religious freedom, and write your own letter to the president at the Freedom Family Presidential Corner. You can even meet George Washington himself! There will also be a family play zone with storytimes and crafts for kids, teens, and adults of all abilities.
February 17, 10 am — 2 pm
1112 River Road, Washington Crossing
If you feel like making a trip for the occasion, head to Washington Crossing and celebrate with free admission and kids’ activities. At 2 pm, sing “Happy Birthday” to George and enjoy a special birthday cake that he will cut with his sword!
Photographs by Laura Swartz.