Here are some fun facts about President’s Day from KidsPlayandCreate.com:
- President’s Day began the year after the death of former President George Washington.
- George Washington’s birthday on February 22 became a day of remembrance to celebrate our nation’s first president.
- Each year more and more people celebrated George Washington’s birthday and in 1885 it became a holiday.
- George Washington became the first American citizen with a federal holiday.
- By 1885 the holiday expanded and the entire country was celebrating George Washington’s birthday.
- In 1968 Congress passed a bill called the uniform Monday Holiday Bill. The bill was passed to create a 3 day weekends for workers and moved some holidays to Mondays.
- The bill combined George Washington’s birthday, which was February 22nd with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which was February 12th.
- In 1971 President’s Day was moved to the third Monday in the month of February.
There are also fun activities that help children learn about this special day. PBSKids.org has an interactive application for kids to apply to become the President for a Day. It also includes facts about being the President such as how old you have to be to become President, the salary of the President, and some of the job tasks. This fun job application will take you through a day as the president and provide facts about what other presidents did while they were in office!
Once you and your children are done being President for the day, you can become a tourist and take a virtual tour of the White House. During the tour you can visit different levels which include: the Rose Garden, Kennedy Garden, Diplomatic Room, Oval Office, library, kitchen, and Vermeil room (just to name a few). Each stop will include a historic fact.