February President’s Day

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

 

Sources

History.com
MountVernon.org
Scholastic.com
ConstitutionCenter.org
Babble.com

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