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Celebrating Presidents' Day in NJ


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Updated December 2013

As the birth month of our first President, February not only offers a day off from school, but a great opportunity to get to know some of our former commanders-in-chief. And New Jersey is the place!

Learn about George Washington

Morristown National Historical Park, 973-539-2016 x210: The site of the Continental Army's 1779–1780 winter encampment is dedicated to all things Washington. Take part in Making of an American Icon on Feb. 16, Winter of 1777 on Feb. 22, and Myths of George Washington (Washington never had wooden teeth!) on Feb. 22. While here, take advantage of the park’s Junior Ranger program: Pick up a free booklet that sends kids on a hunt for information throughout the park. Those who complete the quest earn a Morristown Junior Ranger Badge.

“Presidents’ Day” is actually Washington’s birthday. Sorry, Honest Abe!

Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville, 609-737-2515: On Feb. 16 from 12:30–2 pm, a reenactor portraying George Washington speak about his childhood and life as a leader in the Johnson Ferry House. After, enjoy Washington’s Birthday Celebration from 1–4 pm. There’ll be music in the parlor, colonial toys and games, and woodworking, along with punch and gingerbread. Be sure to visit the park’s museum, which is home to some very cool Revolutionary War artifacts, including a letter from Washington himself.

The Montclair Historical Society’s Israel Crane House, 973-744-1796: On Feb. 16 from 1–4 pm, travel 200 years back in time and experience American life just as our forefathers did. 

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