Monday, February 17, 2014

Presidents Day

Presidents Day!

Happy Presidents Day! We hope you are all enjoying a day off from work and school. But do you knowwhy Americans celebrate this holiday in the first place? While it's intended to recognize all of the Presidents of the United States (Oh hey, Obama!), it specifically honors Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, since their birthdays fall around this time of year. Let's learn more about #16, #1, and all of the important POTUSes of the past — and how to make the most of our three-day weekend.

Top 10 US Presidents 
Many people have a favorite (and not so favorite) President. Don't miss our American History Expert's picks for 10 most influential US Presidents. Do you agree with the rankings — and did your favorite make the list?

All About Abe 
Last Wednesday, February 12, we celebrated Abraham Lincoln's 205th birthday. Honest Abe was known for leading the country through the Civil War, taking huge steps toward ending slavery, and writing some of the most memorable speeches in American history.

George Washington: Father of His Country 
This Saturday, February 22, will mark George Washington's 282nd birthday. (Phew, that's a lot of candles!) We know he was the very first President, a Founding Father of the nation, and that he mighthave had wooden teeth. But you probably don't know these 10 interesting facts about the man who set the Presidential precedent.

Celebrate Presidents Day With a Cherry on Top 
Most of us enjoy the long holiday weekend vegging on the couch or with a shopping spree at the mall. But did you know early Americans traditionally celebrated Washington's birthday with tasty cherry treats? It makes sense when you remember the popular myth about good ol' George chopping down a cherry tree as a young boy. Now what should we make first?