Monday, February 18, 2013
Timeshare Travel – 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Presidents’ Day
Up until 1972 Abraham Lincoln was celebrated on his birthday – February 12; and George Washington was celebrated on his birthday – February 22, both days being national holidays. President Nixon combined the two holidays into one which he identified as Presidents’ Day – a day to honor all U.S. Presidents.
So this holiday is the time to wave the flag, and allow your patriotism to show. And where better to do that than in our Nation’s Capital?
Here are 5 fun activities:
1. Presidents’ Day Parade. (see top photo) See the country’s largest Presidents' Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria through the streets where Washington once walked. After the parade be sure to spend some time exploring Old Town Alexandria, the historic Virginia town that was an important port during the colonial, revolutionary and Civil War periods.
2. Ford’s Theater Center. Here you can attend ranger talks, and performances of One Destiny, a one-act play about Abraham Lincoln and the events of the assassination. The Ford’s Theatre Museum and Center for Education and Leadership is a fascinating place to learn more about the Civil War era.
Be sure take some time out to listen to master storyteller Jon Spelman explain the many myths of Abraham Lincoln. And Members of the Ford’s Theatre Youth Leaders Ensemble give a dynamic performance of select Lincoln speeches.
The interactive attraction brings historical figures and events to life through wax figures that visitors can touch, see and hear. Here’s your chance to really feel what meeting these Presidents would have been like.
4. A Birthright Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Each year, the Saturday night before President’s Day, a Birthnight Ball is held at Gadby’s Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia. The ball is complete with toasts, dinner, a historical program and George Washington's favorite 18th century dances.
Gadsby's Tavern is one of the few 18th century taverns still in use in the United States. George Washington, John Adams, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson frequently attended dances, theatrical performances and meetings here.
Buy a timeshare at the Wyndham Old Time Alexandria or Wyndham Vacation Resort at National Harbor, and you’ll always have a perfect place to stay when visiting Washington, D.C. Or rent a timeshare starting at just $64/night.
Photo Credit (top): godc.about.com
Photo Credit (center): baltimoresun.com
Photo Credit (bottom): post-gazette.com