February President’s DayCherilyn Ashley
Happy Presidents’ Day! Today is set aside to honor all those who have held the position of President of the United States. It’s also a great time to teach your child about the history of the United States and about our nation’s leaders!
Presidents’ Day Facts for Children
- Presidents’ Day was established in 1885 to honor George Washington, whose birthday fell on February 22nd.
- In 1971, the United States Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved Presidents’ Day from Washington’s actual birthday to the third Monday in February.
- Some calendars show this day as “Washington’s Birthday” and does not show it as Presidents’ Day.
- On George Washington’s Birthday every year, the United States Senate reads George Washington’s’ farewell address.
What does your child know about George Washington?
- Why is George Washington important to American History? George Washington was the first President of the United States and served in that capacity from April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1791.
- He is still the only president in our nation’s history to have been unanimously elected President by the Electoral College.
- Why do presidents only serve two-terms? George Washington created a precedent by refusing to serve a third term as President of the United States.
- George Washington started his education at the age of six but had to drop out at the age of 15. He became a surveyor because his mother could not send him to college.
Resources to Assist Parents in Teaching Children About Presidents’ Day
- Take a virtual tour of the White House.
- Visit Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate.
- Check out some additional presidential fun facts.