The political climate is what it is, but the fact of the matter is that our President is from New York, so we think it’s more reason to celebrate the day. If your offices are closed and you are not traveling, we have some ideas for you! Or, you can always use that PTO.

Monday, February 18, 2019 is observed as Presidents Day, the holiday that commemorates George Washington’s birthday (February 22nd), and all the Presidents of the United States. What do you do on your birthday? Celebrate? Party? Why should it be any different for our nation’s leaders?

Our friends at MurphGuide put together a list of some bars where you can commemorate some of the commanders in chief the US has had in our history. See below if Monday is looking like a Fun Day. If there are kids in the picture, scroll down.

George Washington: Fraunces Tavern: The location played a prominent role in the American Revolution, serving as a headquarters for George Washington. One of the rooms at Fraunces is the Washington Room.

James Madison: Eleven Madison Park: Madison Avenue runs north from Madison Square, named for the 4th president of the United States.

Abraham Lincoln: McSorley’s: Notable patrons of the historic East Village ale house include Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant & Teddy Roosevelt

Now, for the children. This year, Presidents Day Weekend activities coincide with the beginning mid-winter break 2019 and the final round of Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) events for kids. Score for parents! We put together these ideas for you and the fam!

Lunar New Year Family Festival at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in Little Italy (what a cultural mouthful): Kick off the Year of the Pig with this educational family event at the Museum of Chinese in America. Watch an imaginative lion dance, experiment with traditional Chinese folk arts, get crafty with fun projects and try delicious foods.

Historic Presidential Thinking Hats at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan: Kids can pose for a photo op at the mini president’s desk where they can strike a pose in any historic hat—George Washington’s Tricorn hat, Abe Lincoln’s tall crown top hat and so on.

Brooklyn Bowl: Presidents Day Family Bowl: Although this hip bowling alley typically attracts an older audience, this Presidents Day will be a chance for everyone in the family to get a strike. Sounds like a win for Mom, Dad and the kiddies.

Day off or sick day. It’s sure to be a blast!