President’s Day is celebrated every year on the third Monday of February in the US. The President’s Day is a great time to pay tribute to America’s most celebrated leaders. This national holiday was originally a memorial of George Washington‘s birthday, the first president. He was born on February 22nd, 1732. After the death of George Washington, the nation continued to celebrate his birthday to remember his contribution to establishing America’s independence.
Some people spell it President’s Day while others spell it as Presidents’ Day. The difference is of little importance as some people like to pay tribute to George Washington alone on this day, whereas others celebrate both Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Some states celebrate this day to show their respect to all US presidents. It is a federal holiday and each state is free to celebrate it the way they like.
Here are 3 popular events for you to attend in Washington, DC and Alexandria for paying tribute to President’s Day:
The Lincoln Memorial
20th February at 12:00 pm | Washington, DC
The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln grew up as a poor boy. Through sheer hard work and resilience, Lincoln combined his love of the written word with strong work ethics for pursuing a legal career later. He then embarked on a political career from the Illinois state legislature before making his way to the U.S. Congress.
Lincoln was assassinated right after the Civil War ended, on April 14th, 1865. By early 1867, Congress incorporated the Lincoln Monument Association to construct a memorial to honor the 16th President. Being one of the country’s best -known monuments, the Lincoln Memorial is frequently mentioned in movies, television shows and books. You can enjoy panoramic views of Washington during the wreath laying ceremony and spectacular reading of the Gettysburg Address.
The American History Museum
20th February, from 10 am to 5:50 pm | Washington, DC
A Glorious Burden at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History sheds light on the contributions and lives of the 44 men who have been the nation’s leaders over the past 200 years. The exhibition offers a fabulous display of the public, personal, ceremonial and executive actions of the 43 men who left a huge impact on the course of American history in the last two centuries. There are more than 900 objects, which include national treasures from the Smithsonian’s enormous presidential collections, which bring life to the role of the presidency in American society.
President’s Day Parade
20th February, from 1 pm to 3 pm | Old Town, Alexandria
The Parade will feature special performances and wagons, horses, floats, bands, historic reenactment units and youth groups. The parade is the largest parade that celebrates George Washington’s birthday in the USA and dates back to 1923. The parade starts from Gibbon and S. Fairfax streets and proceeds all the way to the Wilkes and S. Royal streets. You will get free parking in designated lots near the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station. A free DASH shuttle bus takes visitors downtown and back from 11 am to 4 pm.