Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents Day, is Monday, February 21, 2011. Parents and teachers who are looking for ways teach children about the nation’s first president will find plenty of free printable worksheets, coloring pages, lesson plans and historical facts online.
Enchanted Learning is a website full of educational activities for children to celebrate Washington’s Birthday. There are a wide range of activities suited for children of all ages to download and print including activity books, word searches and craft instructions.
The Teacher’s Corner provides a good selection of printable worksheets, journals, puzzles and coloring pages about Presidents Day for students of varying grade levels.
The Teacher Planet is an excellent resource for teachers and parents who are looking for worksheets, quizzes and printable posters to teach students about the nation’s first president, George Washington. There are resources for children who are in pre-school as well as students in high school. All grade levels are included in this comprehensive website.
Presidents Day Facts:
- In Alabama, the third Monday in February commemorates the birthdays of both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
- In Arkansas, the third Monday in February is “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day,” an official state holiday.
- In New Mexico, Presidents Day, at least as a state government paid holiday, is observed on the Friday following Thanksgiving.
- In 2007, the country celebrated both Washington’s 275th birthday and the 75th anniversary of the rebirth of the Purple Heart medal.
- Since 1862, there has been a tradition in the United States Senate that George Washington’s Farewell Address be read on his birthday. Citizens had asked that this be done in light of the approaching Civil War. The annual tradition continues with the reading of the address on or near Washington’s Birthday.
President George Washington Facts
- Only President to be elected unanimously.
- Only President inaugurated in 2 cities: New York and Philadelphia.
- There were 13 stars on the US flag when Washington became President in 1789.
- Only President who did not live in the White House.
- Five states were added to the Union during Washington’s presidency: North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee
What’s open and what’s closed on Presidents Day? Here in Rhode Island, schools, government offices and buildings are closed and there is no mail delivery. Because it is a Federal Holiday, most states will have similar closings. Washington’s Birthday 2011: Presidents Day What’s Open, What’s Closed?