Presidents Day freebies and events

WASHINGTON — The federal government recognizes the third Monday in February as Washington’s Birthday, while Maryland calls it Presidents Day, and Virginians celebrate it as George Washington Day.

No matter what you call it, Feb. 20 is a great day to enjoy free events with the family, as well as shop Presidents Day sales on items such as appliances, mattresses and more.


  • National Parks: On Feb. 20, admission is free to all National Parks that charge an entry fee. More details on the NPS site.
  • Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon is offering free admission Feb. 20 to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. More details on the Alexandria website.
  • Library of Congress: The Library of Congress will hold a Main Reading Room Open House on Feb. 20.  There will be special activities for kids in the Library’s Young Readers Center. More details at the LoC site.
  • Ferry Farm: Feb. 20 is Archaeology Day at Ferry Farm, George Washington’s boyhood home. Admission is free. Visit its Facebook page.
  • George Washington Birthday Parade: The annual George Washington Birthday Parade in Old Town Alexandria starts at 1 p.m. Feb. 20. Visit the event website.


Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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