Presidents’ Day in New York 2025

Presidents’ Day in New York

Presidents’ Day honours all former and current presidents of the United States. Every third Monday in February it is celebrated throughout the nation. In 2025, Presidents’ Day falls on Monday February 17th. The reason for the date is that it falls around the birthday of the first president of America, George Washington. He was the first president of the United States, serving from 1789 until 1797.

What can you expect during Presidents’ Day Weekend?

During Presidents’ Day Weekend many activities and fun events can be found around New York. All children in New York will be on holiday from school so there are many activities organised especially for children. For example, Intrepid Museum has a Kids Week culminating in a weekend of fun, on Saturday and Sunday when there are many activities planned in the museum. You can also visit MoMA or the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It is a popular day for retail, many stores mark it as the start of their sales season. It is business as usual for most organisations, although the stock exchanges are closed and the Financial District is very quiet around this time.

Furthermore, it’s a good day to visit attractions, which are all open as usual, though they may be a little busier. Visit the Empire State Building, for example, or perhaps take a trip to the Statue of Liberty.

What is Presidents’ Day?

Presidents’ Day officially honours the life and work of George Washington. Before becoming president, he played a key role in the army, leading the American Continental Army to victory in 1783. Washington, probably the most famous American politician, is best known as the ‘father of the United States’. Both Washington D.C. and Washington State are named after George Washington, who also appears on the one-dollar bill and the quarter coin.

Nowadays, Presidents’ Day also celebrates all of the preceding presidents who have governed in the United States.

When is Presidents’ Day?

Even though George Washington’s birthday was on February 22nd, Presidents’ Day falls every year on the third Monday of February. In 2025, Presidents’ Day falls on Monday February 17. In addition, because Presidents’ Day officially falls on a Monday, the weekend before is known as Presidents’ Day Weekend.

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