Presidents Day

Show your patriotism by celebrating George Washington’s birthday, which evolved into a day to honor George Washington and Abe Lincoln, and now it’s a day to celebrate all of the lives and birthdays of presidents past. The fun doesn’t stop with president’s birthdays though! Before the 60s, the United States celebrated President’s Day in the third week of February, but then the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed in 1968, and became the most popular act that nobody knows about. It allowed federal holidays to be designated on Monday, giving everyone who worked the Monday through Friday week a three-day weekend. It was made to increase worker productivity and keep people from calling in “sick,” and it worked!

While many spend President’s Day gathering with friends and family for festivities, there are monuments all over States where nationalistic parties are thrown. If you’re near Colonial Beach in Virginia, you can visit Washington’s birth place, which is now a national park. Or if you’re Hodgenville, Kentucky, Lincoln’s neck of the woods, you could stop into his birthplace, which is also a national park. While many presidents have multiple parks named after them, the winner of the most parks with their name gracing its title is Theodore Roosevelt.

Presidents Day

Show your patriotism by celebrating George Washington’s birthday, which evolved into a day to honor George Washington and Abe Lincoln, and now it’s a day to celebrate all of the lives and birthdays of presidents past. The fun doesn’t stop with president’s birthdays though! Before the 60s, the United States celebrated President’s Day in the third week of February, but then the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed in 1968, and became the most popular act that nobody knows about. It allowed federal holidays to be designated on Monday, giving everyone who worked the Monday through Friday week a three-day weekend. It was made to increase worker productivity and keep people from calling in “sick,” and it worked!

While many spend President’s Day gathering with friends and family for festivities, there are monuments all over States where nationalistic parties are thrown. If you’re near Colonial Beach in Virginia, you can visit Washington’s birth place, which is now a national park. Or if you’re Hodgenville, Kentucky, Lincoln’s neck of the woods, you could stop into his birthplace, which is also a national park. While many presidents have multiple parks named after them, the winner of the most parks with their name gracing its title is Theodore Roosevelt.

Children's Presidential Costumes

Learning our country’s history via its fearless leaders, and stepping into their shoes might be the best way to do it. Sure, there will be plenty of school projects revolving around American history, but how many of them will be as hands on and memorable as helping your child don their favorite president’s most notable features. Watch history become fun before your very eyes as your kids gets into learning about the leaders of years gone by. The opportunity to learn about presidents as you flip through costumes is only as exhaustive as our list of previous presidents. Explain that, contrary to popular believe, George Washington didn't actually have wooden teeth, admire the dignity of Lincoln's fabulous tall stovepipe hat and magnificent beard (which is always hilarious on any kid), or Roosevelt's robust hunting jacket, and maybe even a Winchester rifle prop to complete the look. Bring the past to live with an educational twist thrown in for your children's benefit. It isn't always easy to make learning fun, but adding a holiday, celebrations and costumes is a surefire way to show kids that not only learning is fun, but that they come from a long line of interesting people.

Adult Presidential Costumes

Now there’s no need to let your kids have all the fun. Just because information about our presidents isn’t new to you doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t dress up too! Indulge your inner child and don a costume to join in the fun and engage with your kids. Not only will you get to have a little fun of your own dressing up like the coolest president, you’ll be encouraging your kids to love hands-on learning. Parade around with patriotic pride with a powdered Washington wig, get in touch with your modern Clinton with trim suits and mild-mannered southern style, or let loose and have some fun declaring you’re not a crook from underneath a popular rubber Nixon mask. Putting together these costumes with your kids is the perfect way to lay down the groundwork for some serious bonding. Not only will you both learn some new things about our country's long and colorful history, but this is an event that both you and your kids will remember. Not to mention the cute and hilarious pictures this kind of celebration will bring about that are sure to last for years to come. Plus, wearing these out to a President's Day party or public event is sure to garner compliments and adoration.

Presidential Costume Accessories

It’s the final touches to a costume that makes them perfect. What’s a Lincoln costume without his stovepipe hat or a Roosevelt costume without a bushy mustache and dignified spectacles? Think about what kind of ties Kennedy would wear or perfect the coif that so many presidents like Clinton and Reagan wore throughout their presidency. Picking out a wig, or a pipe, or just the right suit could make or break a costume. Some president's signature looks are a little harder to get just right. Wearing one of those fun masks might be the best way to go instead of just wearing a suit. Or picking out a president with unique physical traits might be more fun, and easier to see through. Picking up a copy of the Gettysburg Address to wave around as Abe, brandishing like Washington did in battle, or packing an ivory-handled Colt revolver like Roosevelt did in his time it what brings a costume from great to awesome.

Family President's Day Costumes

Presidents don’t have to be limited to father and son combinations. Little girls might find it fun dressing up as mustached presidents for some silly fun, or they might like to learn about the powerful women throughout American history. Dress up in stripes and stars to honor Besty Ross, the woman credited with making the first flag, or don the fabulous hats and outfits of Eleanor Roosevelt or Jacqueline Kennedy, who made just as much of an impression in history as their husbands, if not more. Or choose to dress up as something more symbolic, like the towering iconic site that every immigrant in the late 1800s saw: The Statue of Liberty. Go all in and paint your face green, or just wear the most comfortable costume at the party. Or go as Uncle Sam, another symbol popular in American history. Uncle Sam was once the personification of patriotism when his image could be found stamped on food barrels being shipped off to troops. Another war time symbol would be Rosie the Riveter, easily recognizable by her red bandana and trademark bicep flex. Pulling together to go as the Kennedys, the Bushes, the Roosevelts, or even iconic figures in American History as a family would make the biggest impression at any President's Day event.

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