Roundup: Our Top Picks For Celebrating Presidents’ Day In Philadelphia

The President’s House on Independence Mall is one of the many attractions to visit this President's Day Weekend.
(Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Philadelphia is the perfect place to celebrate historical holidays, especially Presidents’ Day.

With attractions such as the National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, there is no better place to discover Presidential history. President George Washington and President John Adams led our country from their Presidential home at sixth and market streets, now known as Independence Mall.

Spend your holiday weekend learning about our country’s leaders at some of Philadelphia’s Presidents’ Day weekend events.

National Museum of American Jewish History: The National Museum of American Jewish History is offering pay-what-you-wish admission in honor of past (and the present) Presidents. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, February 18 museum guests will explore the museum for whatever price they’d like to pay. Guests will have the opportunity to check out the museum’s featured exhibits, Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges and Jewish Artists in America 1925-1945: Selections from the Collection of Steven and Stephanie Wasser.

The museum is also providing guests with free cherry pies from the museum cafe, intellectual discussions led by a guide and access to an exclusive letter between President George Washington and the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island from 1790. Children will be invited to participate in a Portrait of a Leader interactive exhibit.

National Constitution Center: Celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend with a slew of events at the National Constitution Center. All weekend long, head out to the museum to see rare Presidential artifacts, participate in interactive trivia, hang out with Presidential re-enactors and go on special tours. The National Constitution Center is even opening early on Sunday, February 17. Get a head start at 9:30 a.m.

The President’s House: The interactive site located on Independence Mall is the perfect place to learn about our past leaders. The President’s House is free and open to the public all year round. The site tells the story of the slaves that worked at President George Washington and President John Adams Presidential home at sixth and market streets.

Historic Philadelphia: The Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S. is presenting The Many Faces of George Washington on February 16 and 17 at 3 p.m. The 20-minute tour is led by a park ranger who will take you around to the many different portraits of George Washington, Martha Washington, and other figureheads who the President associated with. In addition to this, tickets to the Liberty 360 3-D show are only $3 through Presidents’ Day.

Mercer Museum: From noon-4 p.m. on Monday, February 18, the Mercer Museum is hosting a foodie event, Foodways of Lincoln’s Time. Food historian, Susan Plaisted will cook, teach and serve some of President Abraham Lincoln’s favorite foods.

Battleship New Jersey: Battleship New Jersey is America’s largest and most decorated battleship. The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial will be open for guided and audio tours on President’s Day, Monday, February 18, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (they’re normally just available Saturdays and Sundays).

City Tavern: City Tavern is serving up a Presidents’ week menu from February 17-21. City Tavern’s, Chef Walter Staib has cooked in the homes of the first five Presidents and knows the ins-and-outs of their favorite meals and historic cooking. He has prepared a menu consisting of some of the founding father’s favorites and is ready to serve it to hungry guests. Check out the full menu here.

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