Presidents’ Day 2011 Philadelphia Events – Washington, Lincoln


President's Day 2011 Philadelphia Events offer many opportunities to celebrate the legacy of all 44 Unites States Presidents, with many things to do for the entire family. This is our guide:

Saturday, Feb. 19 through Monday, Feb. 21 - Celebrate Presidents’ Day at the Betsy Ross House

The Betsy Ross House, located at 239 Arch Street, will be celebrating all weekend with special programming for families. Call 215.686.1252 for more information.

Tuesday, Feb. 22 - Independence Hall Will Be Presenting a Re-enactment of President Lincoln’s Inauguration Day Parade to Celebrate the Event’s 150th Anniversary

Note: this event is only being presented on Tuesday !!!

In February 1861, Abraham Lincoln traveled through Philadelphia, during his journey from his native Springfield, IL, to his inauguration in Washington, D.C.

(Back then, Presidents were not inaugurated, until the March after the November, during which they had been elected. This provision was not changed to January until the Presidency of FDR during World War II.)

The event begins at 8:00 AM, with Lincoln speaking inside Independence Hall. There will be a re-enactment of his raising a 34-star Union flag over Independence Hall, followed by a parade. The event will end with a Q& A with NPS Rangers at the National Constitution Center. Call 1.800.537.7676 or 215.965.7676 for more information.

Monday, Feb. 21 Only- The National Liberty Museum offers Free Tours Of Presidential Artifacts, As Well As a Mural of All 44 Presidents

The National Liberty Museum offers a unique opportunity to see rare Presidential artifacts, with free, guided tours all day. It is located at 321 Chestnut St., and you can call 215.925.2800 for more information.



Friday, Feb. 18 thru Tuesday Feb. 22 - City Tavern Offers Presidents’ Week Menu, Featuring Favorite Dishes of Presidents Who Actually Dined There

U.S. Presidents such as Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson all frequented the original City Tavern. And so, it seems only fitting that Chef Walter Staib should offer some of their favorite dishes, at the meticulously accurate reproduction on the spot of the original City Tavern. It is located at 138 South 2nd St., and you can call 215.413.1443 for more information and reservations.

Monday, Feb. 21 - The Philadelphia Museum Of Art – Ordinarily Closed on Mondays - Will Be Open For Patrons

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be open to accommodate visitors. And since it’s Presidents’ Day, be sure to take a look at its temporary exhibit, Art in Revolutionary Philadelphia, which runs only through April 3.

It showcases many fine items, from the period of the nation’s long, protracted struggle for independence from British rule - and of course, that struggle was valiantly led by then-General George Washington.

The Art Museum is located at 26th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and you can call 215.763.8100 for more information.







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