Presidents' Day, held the third Monday of February, honors two of the most famous U.S. presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Here are some ideas to make it more meaningful.
- Step 1: Read a book by candlelight. This is how Abe Lincoln studied as a boy in Kentucky and Indiana. While you're reading, help yourself to another piece of cherry pie.
- FACT: Massachusetts celebrates Washington's Birthday in February, and has a separate holiday called Presidents' Day to honor presidents who came from New England.
- TIP: An e-mail form for the White House is available on the official White House website.
- Step 2: Write a letter to the president of the United States expressing your views of current affairs.
- Step 3: Download and read George Washington's Farewell Address, which he gave upon leaving office. In his speech, he warns the country not to break up into strong political parties.
- Step 4: Bake a cherry pie. According to legend, young George Washington once fessed up to chopping down his father's cherry tree, saying, "I cannot tell a lie."