Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February. Also known as George Washington’s birthday, the day honors all US presidents.
Look below for FREE Presidents Day events happening around the DC area (all information posted were correct at the time of posting):
District of Columbia
National Portrait Gallery (Kogod Courtyard)
What: Presidential Family Fun Day
When: February 15 (Saturday), 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Details: Family-fun activities like calligraphy workshops, scavenger hunts, games, music, and hands-on activities, and special tours of the “American Presidents” Exhibit.
What better way to pay homage than to visit the sites in the area honoring past U.S. presidents. Here’s a list:
- Lincoln Memorial
- Washington Monument
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial
- Theodore Roosevelt Island
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
- Woodrow Wilson Presidential Memorial Exhibit and Learning Center (inside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave.)
- Ford’s Theatre
- The House Where Lincoln Died [The Peterson House] (across the street from the Ford’s Theatre)
- The White House (through your local representative)
George Washington Masonic Temple (101 Callahan Drive, Arlington)
What: Chocolate with General Washington
When: February 8 (Saturday), 2 – 3 p.m.
Details: Children get to spend time with General Washington, share a cup of hot chocolate and ask him questions about his presidency and the American Revolution.
Old Town Alexandria
What: Hunt for Washington
When: February 17 (Monday), starting at 10 a.m. (takes around 1 1/2 hour to complete)
Details: Scavenger hunt around Old Town. Pick up your clue sheet at the Parade Reviewing Stand (across from Market Square; intersection of King Street and Royal Street). Prizes and mementos up for grabs.
What: Concert at Market Square (301 King Street) in honor of General and Lady Washington
When: February 17 (Monday), 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Details: Parade marching bands, special choirs, and “non-marching bands” honor the Washingtons prior to the parade
What: Annual George Washington Birthday Parade
When: February 17 (Monday), 1 – 3 p.m.
Details: Parade starts at the intersection of Gibbon and South Fairfax Streets and ends at Wilken and South Royal Streets. Take Metro to King Street, Braddock Rd., Eisenhower Ave., and Van Dorn
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria)
What: Free tour of the tavern by costumed guides and junior docents.
When: February 17 (Monday), 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Details: Learn more about the place where George Washington ate and counts James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams as frequent visitors.
Friendship Firehouse Museum (107 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria)
What: Presidents Day Open House
When: February 17 (Monday), 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Details: Find out how old firefighting equipment worked and learn more about firefighting artifacts.
Old Presbyterian Meeting House (323 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria)
What: Washington’s Birthday Free Tours
When: February 17 (Monday) 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Details: At 11 a.m. there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution (churchyard).
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (8231 Beach Rd., Chincoteague)
What: Fee-Free Presidents Day
When: February 17 (Monday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Details: Free admission
Mount Vernon (3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon)
What: FREE admission for George Washington’s 288th Birthday
When: February 17 (Monday, 9 a.m. – 5 pm.) AND February 22 (Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Details: Special wreath-laying ceremonies, syrup tastings; book signing on the 17th. Click here for details.
Birthday cake slices served and performances at the auditorium on the 22nd. Click here for details.
Liriodendron Mansion (502 W. Gordon St., Bel Air)
What: Fourth Annual Presidents Day Winter Walk in the Woods
When: February 17 (Monday) at 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Details: The mansion in Harford County is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Led by local expert Frank Marsden, learn about the plants and animals as you take a short hike through the woods followed by a nice hot chocolate and a snack.
National Museum of Health and Medicine (2500 Linden Ln., Silver Spring)
What: Presidents Day Tour at the Medical Museum
When: February 17 (Monday) at 1 p.m.
Details: Docent-led tour of “The Nation’s Medical Museum” highlighting medical history of the last 150 years, with emphasis on military medicine. More suitable for older kids.
National Constitution Center (Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia)
What: Presidents Day Weekend Extended Hours and Free Admission on Monday
When: February 17 (Monday), 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Details: special presidential-themed programs and activities including a presidential costume contest and an election for their favorite president; kids’ townhall with Washington, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt
Valley Forge National Historical Park
What: Washington’s Birthday
When: February 17 (Monday), 10 a.m.
Details: To be held at the Temporary Visitor Center, celebrate George Washington’s 288th birthday with Mrs. Washington and members of the Continental Army; Meet and Greet the Washingtons (and have a cupcake, too); join the Continental Army in a parade