Until the middle of the 1970s, February 22, the birthday of George Washington who was the first president of the United States, was a national holiday. Also, February 12, the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the president during the Civil War, was a holiday in most states. In the 1970s, Congress declared a single holiday, to be called Presidents’ Day, would be observed on the third Monday in February (Monday February 17th this year) to honor all past presidents.
Here’s a video rap to help you remember their names.
Here’s information about what places are open or closed on this national holiday…
Town/City Hall and other government offices and courts: Closed
Public Schools: Closed (Part of February vacation week)
Monday January 20th, is the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Martin Luther King spent his life working for equal rights for African Americans, and all Americans. He was an important civil rights leader and minister whose work helped lead to new laws against racial discrimination.
King’s most famous speech was at a protest rally for equal rights – in front of 250,000 people in Washington DC in 1963, which became known as the “I Have a Dream” speech.
Independence Day is also called The Fourth of July or sometimes, July Fourth. It is a federal holiday in the United States. It is the day that the United States declared its Independence from Great Britain in 1776.
On The Fourth of July, many people have cook-outs. There are parades in many communities (including Natick and Milford). Some places have Fireworks displays for everyone (Here’s a list). But in some places it is illegal to have your own fireworks.
What will you do to celebrate July Fourth?
How old will the United States be this Fourth of July? (click on the flag to find out)
Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a great day!