George Washington’s Birthday is observed on the third Monday in February every year.
According to the National Archives, Congress declared it 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 a number of activities for those looking for fun during Presidents Day weekend. 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.
Visit a DCR Ice Rink
If you’re more interested in winter fun or getting some exercise, visit a DCR skating rink. There are dozens across the state, many of which offer skate rentals and public skating hours. Additionally, on Sunday, Feb. 14, the Henry J. Fitzpatrick Skating Rink in Holyoke is hosting an accessible skating program. Preregistration is required.
Before you make a trip, call a rink to make sure it is open and check to determine if it’s indoors. Extreme cold temperatures are expected across Massachusetts this weekend, so you may want to do your skating indoors.
Whether you decide to brush up on your history or spend the long on the ice, make the most of what Massachusetts has to offer this Presidents Day.
Let us know what you’re doing on Presidents Day in Massachusetts! Comment below or tweet @MassGov.
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