What Is Presidents Day?
As an immigrant to the greatest country on earth, I love to write about American holidays and celebration and ways we can celebrate our inherited heritage. I will explain in simple terms the meaning of Presidents Day and why celebrating Presidents Day is so important to immigrant Americans & the reason I believe all immigrants should celebrate the great men of the past.
There are a few celebrations unique to the USA and our President’s Day holiday is one of them. But what is President’s Day? In this post I am going to share some facts about the President’s Day.
But not all the States celebrate Presidents Day – does yours?
How to Celebrate Presidents Day at Home
What are some activities that you can do at home if you are caught at home due to snow or if you’re working from your home?
In this article, I will also share some fun idea to celebrate the Presidents Day – places to visit in person or virtually. There are also some delicious and fun recipes to try at home.
Finally, I will suggest some gift ideas that are perfect for the history buff at your workplace or at home.
You must have seen Presidents Day spelled differently and they are just alternative names.
Presidents Day, Presidents’ Day, and President’s Day are alternative names for Washington’s Birthday, an official Federal holiday in the United States held annually on the third Monday of February.
The Meaning Of Presidents Day
To all the cynics out there, Presidents Day i’s not a day created & celebrated by a car dealership so that they can sell cars at discounted rates.
I don’t mind the President Day Sales though – do you?
Its commonly believed that the President’s Day is meant to honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and subsequent Presidents of the USA. But the fact is George Washington’s birthday is on the 22nd of February, which is also the birthday of a one of Washington State’s next Congressmen. Don’t forget, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is on the 12th of February. Congress decided to honor the two by declaring it a Federal Holiday.
What has President Nixon got to do with the President Day?
What Nixon did in 1971 was to issue the traditional standard executive order announcing the implementation of new federal legislation.By C. L. Arbelbide
Some States Who Don’t Celebrate Presidents Day
Thirteen states don’t celebrate “President’s Day” and they have their reasons for that. But let me tell you this ONLY in America can States have that liberty to decide independently. The USA is truly the ONLY Democratic Republic in the free world.
9. New Mexico
10. North Carolina
12. Rhode Island
Fun Ideas To Celebrate President’s Day
Since it’s a Federal Holiday, in normal conditions there would be a lot more fun things to do with a day off work or school. In spite of the Virus, there’s no reason we can’t enjoy living in a free world by honoring our Presidents. As Americans, we especially owe a moment of respect and reflection for George Washington, who chose not to be the first King of the United States, as many wanted. We also must remember President Abraham Lincoln who saved the Republic. President Lincoln had the courage to fix a problem by freeing the slaves, instead of exploiting them as the Democrats have done and continue to do.
If you want to learn my take on 4th of July do read this blog.
So, here are my suggestions.
Favorite Recipes of Your Favorite President
This President’s Day it would be a great idea to select favorite foods of your favorite President. As a family unit you could plan the whole day meal-breakfast-lunch-dinner-appetizer & dessert thrown in. Each family member gets to chose one thing. Then you make it together & enjoy it.
Where to find these fun recipes? Here
A great way to come together as a family unit & honor our history the right way.
Dress Up- Costume Party
We love to dress up for Halloween so why not for the President’s Day? Dress it up. Post your cool picture right here in the comments section.
You are going to say but I am a woman no problem-dress up as the spouse of your favorite President.
This could be as easy or as difficult as the age group in the family. Go easy on your self -delegate. Ask each member to come up 5 trivia questions that are easy-difficult. How to play?
Put them all in a Lincoln hat & pass it around the living room. Make it fun by pairing, playin dumb charades offering prizes. It goes without saying food will be involved.
This is a great activity to shut down media noise & once again come together as a family group.
Virtual Field Trips for Presidents’ Day
While researching for this topic I came across this virtual tours-tried it myself & loved it. so here we are. There are may obvious benefits.
You can watch these from the comfort of your home as a family & learn the true history of this great nation the land of the brave & the home of the free.
- George Washington’s Birthday Parade
- Lincoln Memorial
- Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson
- Mount Vernon, home of George Washington
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library virtual tour
- The White House
- Mount Rushmore
- Smithsonian National Museum
Famous Quotes of Presidents
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.
Conclusion – Why Celebrating Presidents Day is So Important to Immigrant Americans
To conclude President’s Day is a unique celebration that is only celebrated in the USA. Its a great reminder to all Americans that America was made by people like you and me but we were helped by great leaders like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Regan and Donald Trump.
All of these great Presidents had a unique personality and we as Americans should admire them for all the great things these Presidents helped to build.
Do start a great President Day tradition with your family this year. If you are an immigrant, be a proud American first.
What special thing did you do on this President’s Day – leave your ideas and thoughts in the comments below.