George Washington’s Birthday is observed on the third Monday in February every year. This year, it falls on Feb. 20.
According to the National Archives, Congress declared his birthday a legal holiday in 1879 after years of unofficial celebrations to honor our first commander in chief. For many Americans, the holiday has become a commemoration of all U.S. presidents.
Massachusetts offers plenty of activities you can enjoy this Presidents Day weekend — and you may learn a little something, too. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and Department of Fish and Game (DFG) provide ideas for people of all ages.
Visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston preserves historical materials related to our 35th president. Permanent exhibits at the museum tell the story of JFK on the campaign trail, the Space Race, and more. The library also offers special family-oriented programs throughout Presidents Day week. Hours and admission information are available online.
Discover U.S. History at the Old State House
For U.S. history buffs, the Old State House is a great place to visit. This museum has interactive guided tours, exhibits, and games and activities to teach visitors about Boston’s role in the Revolutionary War. Hours and admission information, as well as ticket packages, can be found online.
Explore the Great Outdoors
If you’d rather spend some time outdoors, consider exploring some of the natural scenery that America is famous for with an assortment of winter activities and outdoor adventures across the state. A variety of educational and fun programs ensures that there is something for everyone.
Ice skating is great, fun and available at more than 40 indoor and outdoor skating rinks. Bundle up and explore the wonders of nature with a hike or cross-country skiing at more than 70 state parks, trails, and forests. For an overnight outdoor adventure, you can check out winter camping options at parks across the state. Reservations are required at some locations. When in doubt, call ahead to make sure your chosen destination will be open. Massachusetts also boasts many public ponds for fishing, as well as state parks, forests, and reservations that allow hunting.
For more activites, visit MOTT’s February vacation ideas page. Whether you decide to brush up on your history or spend the long weekend in the wilderness, make the most of what Massachusetts has to offer this Presidents Day.
Let us know what you’re doing for Presidents Day in Massachusetts! Comment below or tweet @MassGov.
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